Incubation

benton_carried away_collage

Incubation

If you would house your secrets
in the body of a child:
Be certain the burden crushes her like tin
and padlock the madhouse door behind her.

For one day she may break open her chest
like the hatching of an egg —

and release from her rib cage
a winged poet. Fluttering and dewy,
implacable in the morning light,
iron-jawed.

~a.i.


Continuing with National Poetry Month!

Featured image: “Carried Away.” Collage by Bridget Benton (via). More of the artist’s work can be seen here and here

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