“What We Do,” by Stanley Anne Zane Latham (SAZL)

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


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