Jun 22, 2010

Naming Goodbye

Written by Stephanie Rogers

Read by Wendy Skinner

The first step: picture a field. Panting
heaps of grass.
Clouds: thumb prints
on the sky’s face. A figure
in the field, waving
with the birds. No. Not the figure.
The field. Birds bleeding
into the distance. Picture the sun setting: a hidden
house, a crow’s nest,
the battered sky. Its unraveling
belly. The figure, now
with a finger
in the moon’s mouth. Try
again. Field:
a grass stain skidded
across a child’s elbow. Yellowing
sky. Everything yawning. And the figure —
one cold hand reaching
up the sun’s shirt.