The Gift

The Gift. © Chris Bronsk 2015.

“I love sun & rain on my skin. My suitor
& conjuror, is that the burden, the curse,
the gift? Does wisdom make my eyelashes
tremble, does it draw the blood forth, unearth
temptation? When innocence measured me
from crown to a dancer’s arch, the Furies
marked my path. He said my name
& the day turned to gulls crying—stolen
out of his mouth and into mine.
I am my own communion wine & bread.”

—Yusef Komunyakaa, from “Flesh” in The Chameleon Couch

(from an ongoing series of transit passengers)

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s