Jessica Walsh

2020 Michelle Boisseau Poetry Prize finalist

Better One // Better Two

the bird in the tree // the bird with a leaf of the tree

 

the bed of the lake // the bed with a view of the lake

 

the sun through the blinds // the blind spot of sun with no blinds

 

your hair in the brush // the chair where she once brushed your hair

 

your hair left unbrushed // your hair in the mouth of a bird

 

a bird off to nest // her nest with a view of the lake

 

her bed by the lake // her bed where she sits while you now brush her hair

 

the sun on her bed // the sun on the nest she can see from her bed

 

your hair in the nest // the nest where the bird used a strand of your hair

 

the bed of the nest // the nest like the bed of a lake where you swam

 

the lake dried to dust // the dust on the chair where she sat as you swam

 

her hair in your brush // your bed like the leaf of a tree gone to dust

 

the tree in the dust // the sun on the nest made of strands of your grief

 

the grief of the sun // the blind spot of grief with no blinds

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Jessica L. Walsh's poetry can be found in RHINO, Lunch Ticket, Tinderbox, Fatal Flaw Lit and more. She is the author of two poetry collections, most recently The List of Last Tries and two chapbooks. A native of rural Michigan, she is a community college professor in suburban Chicago. Find more at jessicalwalsh.com.