Poetry: Selections from Lindsay Hargrave
I’m wondering at fullness
of heart under a virgin
sun and moon.
I have nothing
I am shrunken
We all shed
the dead things.
It hurts less
In the beginning, there were M&Ms.
And you told me each point of matter was one piece of candy.
Many M&Ms create a tissue, a larger pointillism.
And M&Ms were fine until I found you uprooting potatoes, real ones, not candy, up from under your pillow.
I asked how they got there and you said you were sorry, they had always been growing, you weren’t sure how to tell me but you’ve been pulling potatoes for quite some time now.
I can see you’re embarrassed. Nothing quite like the impotency of too few teachable moments when caught with your fingers in the dirt.
So you baptize the potatoes with wine and cumin, neither of which are made from M&Ms, but you keep CNN on a low hum at all hours.
You raise the potatoes alongside your children.
The M&Ms are just an illusion at this point, an aphorism with no meat.
But to you, those potato eyes can see, and their impulses buzz with the years you remember;
You, who went to ground zero to snort dust and inhale fumes;
You, death oracle looking for your own reflection in twisted steel;
You, savior of poor tubers trapped beneath rubble, passive in the blue reporter glow;
You, drowner of sorrows in sugars;
Kissing buried root vegetables until your teeth are black with dirt.
And even when you pass out, the earth, somehow, remembers.
vermin in gold
There are kings in the silicon,
golden spoils in this pyramid;
they will survive the apocalypse
and the next one,
One watches from below the
division of empires:
The land returns to its people
The gold returns to its land
The refuse is the only coffin
he can cling to while the
birds shovel him out.
His kingdom once drilled
the water table for
its empire; into the ancestors
to distill the king.
A piece of him
poisoning and irreversible –
kingdom wears centuries
on for worms and shit,
they grow no richer,
in our boneyard.
Lindsay Hargrave is a poet, one quarter of the improvised music group Oarsman, the author of a poetry column in the Philly Plain Dealer and a copywriter for Temple University. Proceeds from their debut chapbook ROT (2022) benefit ARC Southeast.