Le paradis n'est pas artificiel …

May 29, 2015


Happy to say this was just accepted into the Canadian literary magazine, Prairie Fire. Happier still I've had two editorial discussions about the end line's 'very'. What do you think?

In sight of paradise, but out of reach of gods,
we don't blame the girls, or try to tame their
unkilled wanting, their gazing outwards,

nor stop them when they go to the highway
beneath veils of snow and passage, capes
of thick black hair across their shoulders.

It's said they never wash their hair light-thieving
otter-gleam, androgyne, cedar smoke but instead
pour oil over each other's scalps, work in ribbons

of warm liquid: oolichan, Oregon grape and larch.
Drawn down by comb and hand, soft fingers of family
migrate bone beneath head skin, shine each strand.

What oils, what answers? Salal, hemlock or spruce?
Their eyes skirt questions and are heavy with unknown
resolutions; they're set upon the highway, while I look

to them, gathering something sweet from the frostbitten
wild. How I long to bury my mouth against their napes
and apologise for the guillotine of our very presence.

Posted by Delire at May 29, 2015 12:13 PM