hence and yet
The day you left me feckless to my own devices I thought yes
finally. The world coalesced around
my singular glimmering
I would never be faulted
for anything, & I bathed for hours,
sublimated, I shampooed my prickly hairs,
ogled at my hypothetical
-fulfilling self-impression charismatic in your bathroom
mirror: tranquil, wet, insinuating
the noonday dream.
All things reduced to brave clearness.
I was fantastically hungry. Expecting
to fry eggs, I frowned
at the stubborn
translucent eggwhites, which
were not budging, just jiggling &
unactualized at 12 p.m.
while everything felt
fine, & perceiving
dull & sluggish butter & yolk
nothing worthwhile, I
dumped the nonstick skillet in the trash &
ate dry cereal instead, my chewing noises forcefully
implying your stovetop, & despite
standing up, &
clearing away, I remained
Patty Nash is a poet and translator. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prelude, inter|rupture, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Saro Calewarts is a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based photographer with childhood and family roots in the Pacific Northwest. With a background in film studies and graphic design, she has always been fascinated by the process of seeing, creating, and visual language. Her creative touchstones are rooted in a poetic synergy of symbolism, philosophy, and observation. She works as a graphic designer and photographer for an arts non-profit organization and is active within the Santa Fe photography community. Her work has been exhibited at David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe, featured in NOICE Magazine, and on numerous photography websites.