March 4, 2014

The Long Hand Wishes It Was Used
by Jackie Clark

Sometimes I wish I didn't think in words 
and that instead for each thought I thought I drew upon an image, 
and that I was able to organize each image in a linear way that would be like sort of like reading 
and that instead of trying to describe the edges around something 
I could just think the color around the edges of the image to be darker, 
that the detail on the image could become more or less detailed depending on how much clarity I believe I needed to disclose at the time 
For instance, instead of saying love, I could just think watermelon 
I could just think of a watermelon cut in half, laying open on a picnic table 
The inside would be just as moist as it was pink 
I could picture cutting up pieces and giving them out to my friends. 
It wouldn't have to be sunny 
It wouldn't have to be anything else then just that 
It would really simplify my walk home at night, 
where every thought I think is some contrived line I repeat over and over to myself 
Words are always just replaced with new ones 
The pictures would never need to know otherwise



Copyright � 2014 by Jackie Clark. Used with permission of the author.

About This Poem 

"I often make quiet, patient wishes. Wishes for more realized and open love, wishes for more direction, wishes for less. Wishes and intentions to arm myself against despair. I mostly wish to be able to see the world differently because I think that would rectify some of its difficulty for me. This poem is an attempt to do just that, if only briefly."

--Jackie Clark 





Jackie Clark is the author of Aphoria (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013). She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. 





Most Recent Book by Clark 


(Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013) 







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