MICHELLE ACKER

AGAIN&AGAIN

every minute life begins
in cessation of the rain
(always is ending, beginning,
ending, beginning, always is
somewhere it is raining &
now not)

somewhere you are dying
now &never &forever
and once again now the
fat rainclouds
gather their skirts
to dance

and look—
in what strange little boxes
do we await our deaths
gentle spiders fill everywhere-cracks
with web and do it again & forever
(even as destructive are us)

&

meanwhile
all the brittle and damp and
desperate wind
blows around them like
breath around a cigarette

meanwhile the naked outside-branches
rattle their ancient
études

 

 

MICHELLE ACKER IS A STUDENT OF ENGLISH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA AND A STUDENT OF POETRY EVERYWHERE ELSE. SHE’S BEEN WRITING POETRY SINCE SHE COULD WRITE AND HAS, IF ANYTHING, ONLY GOTTEN WORSE FROM THERE. SHE’S BEEN PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN THE 2RIVER VIEW.

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