My Lost and Broken Part Would Like to Take a Meeting  

She has no calendar, only a habit
of scurrying down hallways.

She holds back tears behind the gym lockers.
She ties Gordian knots in her hair.

Don’t expect her to acknowledge your arrival
but believe, she will have talking points prepared.

Readings of Ulysses.
Extended periods of lip biting.

She hopes you’ll leave your hands,
but bring the eyes of an enthusiast.

Play at sullen, but hold tight
to your strategic mind.

Help her recognize how want
lays under grief and where they meet

without dissolving.

The difference
in their heft and patterning.

What is possible for each.
Lift the layers; teach her

how to liquefy.
Then, drink.

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 8.17.52 PMSara Biggs Chaney received her Ph.D. in English in 2008 and currently teaches first-year writing in Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.  Sara’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in RHINO, PANK, inter/rupture, Luna Luna, Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review, and other places.  You can catch up with Sara at her blog: sarabiggschaney.blogspot.com.

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