“I came to explore the wreck. The words are purposes. The words are maps.” – Adrienne Rich


she and i

were frightened to come but we came

i only know what my body whispers to

me and she says to explore

the forgotten places the

caverns the death the ships that wreck

i only know what my heart sings the

feelings that she sculpts into words

the loves that are

eternal renewing with purposes

i only know what my brain screams at me the

terror she stitches into words

you are stronger than you think you are

a body’s pulse churning pulsing out the maps


3 thoughts on “diving

  1. I had a hard time with this form, but you really captured it. Your poem doesn’t feel distinct or separate from the Rich lines, but somehow related to the framework of those original ideas. Great work!

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