By Jacklyn Janeksela
formation sans stamen
it’s a hunch of a bunch of grapes from my womb.
tiny demons called future & him/her/it –whatever.
rush to the place where they fall & make wine
drink, be merry –trample a seed if it escapes.
no one is ready for this orgy.
tiptoe the eggshells of a uterus
& ready the belly for the pinch of fingerings.
beanstalk, eggplant, carrot sprouts prick
count on fingers or carving sticks.
trickling down the hallway, a heart or a beast
–mark territory & imitate living mass massive movement.
yarn revives a sewing disaster of a body dead or dying
–thread hearts like dolls like lungs like trees.
mine is the glory of a house called womb.
what flies the coup falls
in dreams i am faceless &
slender like reeds or angle hair.
who is that, someone asks.
a mother not mine concerned about my/self.
who am i, she asks.
she is me, is her, is us.
undulating ribbons my hair flies sky high
birds nest on a chest plate wrestler.
crawl towards the light, the bird cries.
i see shadows &
isolated incidents of broken glass.
birds slurp noodles of fingers, a hand not mine.
bury me beak-side, i sigh
but he has already gone –tailed, twirling around forks.
in dreams i am nameless.
pull back an arrow & aim it at the iris of bird called me.
where do maidens like flax & wheat ripen & reap?
flecks of bone breaks, x-rays, liver pulp mimics fallen fruit pods
shamans provoke nerves through deep purple brines.
brazen the raven, the hawk awkward swings
the feather the arm of a bird called twin.
in dreams i am of no creature –but
the creature of my breast
under the moon where she wakes from her nest.
Jacklyn Janeksela is a poet among other things. she is a self-taught artist. her art/poetry can be found @ felled limbs, The Tower Journal, Oddball Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, Berfrois, e-ratio Poetry Journal, All in Your Head, Thirteen Myna Birds, & Barrelhouse. her poetry can be found elsewhere, but in lesser known places or tucked away-hidden. for their music in [the velblouds], she and her husband were in Armenia for an artist residency; their work surrounding the band was on display at the Modern Museum of Art in Yerevan. her artwork @ femalefilet, her blog for women about women, is her baby. next summer she will be in Finland for an artist residency, among other things, for a project based her deceased, schizophrenic grandmother. More artwork can be found here.