Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Grief

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Grief

Article excerpt

1.

is a volatile fuel

that blazes you far

into the white desert

like some 50s speed test pilot

with goggles and a test track of chaos.

It burns fast,

leaves you stranded,

and then reignites

just when you think

you're about to get off.

2.

A ragged piece of bone

dragged over a bowl's lip.

An oil drum with just enough

left to burn.

A leg that breaks nightly.

A basement drain always welling.

A thousand walls stripped

bare and yellow.

My bones and teeth

turned to chalk.

Every word a wasp

digging under my skin.

3.

If your voice carried any more venom,

this house would fill with corpses.

4.

You wear an anger coat

made of hot coals and raw skin.

In your pockets, you carry sea anemones,

a bottle of gall, rusted chain, and at least two fingers.

Your shoes are made of lava rock. …

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