I’ve been very lucky to enjoy an online friendship with a wonderfully talented poet, Stanley Anne Zane Latham.
SAZL has just returned after traveling for nearly two years, and it sounds as though she’s been on quite a journey. She’s brought back “a bundle of handwritten notes and scribbles and recordings” from which she derives poetic inspiration.
She surprised her friends (and fans) by posting a couple of new pieces; here is one that I really like in particular. 🙂
What We Do
She would never love you and you
would never put your arm around her again –
so you set off down the hill with your chain saw
and a bottle to cut wood.
It was crazy the positions and scenarios
you had to contrive.
You had to convince the thing to come at you –
hit yourself silly in the head with the bottle
and in the end the deed was done
by tying it to a tree with your jeans, shirt, and underwear,
then feeding your arm to it.
She would never love you, and you,
you would never lay a hand on her again.
you said how much this sucked
being one-armed and strolled down
1st Avenue to have a hand cupping your chin
tattooed across your face.
© sazl 2015