May 1, 2015

Jessica Wiseman Lawrence: Three Poems, "Lie"


Jessica Wiseman Lawrence lives in rural central Virginia. She has had work published in Silver Birch Press, and has poetry currently upcoming in Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal and The Activity Report. Her work focuses on relationships, motherhood, poverty, and nature through examinations of a central image or thought. She also has an interest in earth science and biology. 







Lie

Today, standing in the kitchen,
I told a lie.
It dripped off my tongue and fell, dried,
and became a perfect bead of green wax,
stuck to the floor.
Like a terrified child,
I stood over it,
so you wouldn't see what I had done.


Yes, Master

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-the muffled whump, whump, whump of a sick heartbeat floods the world-


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-the muffled whump, whump, whump of a sick heartbeat floods the world-
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Plated

Akami is displayed before us in the dim restaurant- minimalist art.


I half-believe every word you choose. I admire my reflection in your armor.


I see the hollow of my throat turning green. The true metal of my locket is 
spreading as the gold fades. 


On another night, a trout regards me with one eye. A cursive ribbon of sauce- 
bright against the dish.

~Jessica Wiseman Lawrence

1 comment:

  1. Lie, my favourite poem by my favourite poet. The first time I read it something changed inside me.

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