Four Poems on Morbid Curiosity by Sondra Morin

Four Poems on Morbid Curiosity 

By

Sondra Morin 

 

SHIPWRECKED

The little girl seeks apology like she is forgiveness

finds loss like a blossom and recovers

decomposed,

shaken, the tears warmest to the ocean

on days filled with soldiers

she cries into her eyelids

and hears

an echo go back back back back back back

she is daydreaming

and there are no dreams in this science.

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JUST ONE MORE FOR THE DEAD

What a time

the corpse is having!

Victorian Boutique,

burlesque in center—

This feast!

Shroud,

Miss Horse Hair Mannequin, USA.

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AFFIRMATION

Transcendence comes from a place of revision.

The first vision encounters sleep

erupting from memory.

This happened, exactly:

The tree my window took

snuck into my bedroom

as I peeled awake,

nightmares bled fantasy into horror,

& conspired into the heroes I became.

When asked, do you know your clouds?

I considered nimbus and sycamore.

Sara was the prettiest

and by this time we scrawled words

like umbrella and sail

on the light part of the sidewalk,

watched worms emerge from top soil

slink away,

and counted our blessings

to measure the lightning.

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SONGS FOR THE DEAD, FOR THE THINGS WE’VE BURIED

When she lifts her skirt & twirls into the darkness, her laughter unravels the night. He stands there in his overcoat, top hat in hand, watching the girl with the magician’s wand spin away. His thoughts trail, but do not trail after her. He is confronted by a blessing cursed by an angel who tells him there can be only one her.

 

She leaves him like that, to doubt every debt and caress along the nape of his neck until there is nothing in his vision but a speck, a small spark left from an electric shock on the track of the heart (where the wounds are still purple) and it hurts so much worse when it rains.

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Sondra Morin

Sondra Morin is a Chicago poet and essayist. She is an alumna of the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Poems, essays, and radio interviews appear in American Public Media’s Marketplace with Kai Rysdall, Chicago Artists Resource, Curbside Splendor, The Rumpus, Similar:Peaks::, and more. She is obsessed with snails: sondramorin.wordpress.com