Marked by a series of roofs and coverings
I can only see a small sliver of sky. twice reflected
with my head propped on my pillow in bed.
With my head propped on my pillow in bed
marked by a series of roofs and coverings
I can see only a small sliver –– of sky twice reflected.
I can only see a small sliver of sky
twice reflected, marked by a series of roofs and coverings
with my head propped on my
The sliver my only visual indication of the day
has turned from blue to white to
blue over the last few minutes.
In the language of the weather report: it is partly cloudy.
In the language of the weather report: it is partly cloudy
my only visual indication of the day
–– the sliver ––
has turned from blue to white to blue over the last few
the only visual indication of the weather
it is partly cloudy in the language of the sliver ––
my day has turned from blue to white to
blue over the last few minutes.
The volume of light outside my window aside from the sliver
aged by the roofs and coverings and reflections.
Aged by roofs and the coverings
And yellowed reflections aside,
is the sliver the volume of light from outside my window?
In the language of the
blowflies, in the language of
the rat, in the language of the spider, listen
for a story that is bigger than light, it’s cold and so it’s hard
to imagine heat.
The glass is dirty
and appears at least as old as the light
looking out windows appears old too.
Looking out windows appears old, the glass is dirty and appears too
at least as old as the light.
glass appears at least as light as looking out the windows appears
and is old too.
And as dirty looking appears too appears as glass
at least the windows
the light is out, old, old.
The title of this poem comes from a phrase in The Autobiography of My Mother: A Novel by Jamaica Kincaid.
Tell Me Like You Mean It v5
50% off your entire book order until 12 December. Entire order. 1 copy per title. Use SUMMER code at checkout.
- 104: KINwith E Shiosaki 103: AMBLEwith E Gomez and S Gory 102: GAMEwith R Green and J Maxwell 101: NO THEME 10with J Kinsella and J Leanne 100: BROWNFACE with W S Dunn 99: SINGAPOREwith J Ip and A Pang 97 & 98: PROPAGANDAwith M Breeze and S Groth 96: NO THEME IXwith M Gill and J Thayil 95: EARTHwith M Takolander 94: BAYTwith Z Hashem Beck 93: PEACHwith L Van, G Mouratidis, L Toong 92: NO THEME VIIIwith C Gaskin 91: MONSTERwith N Curnow 90: AFRICAN DIASPORAwith S Umar 89: DOMESTICwith N Harkin 88: TRANSQUEERwith S Barnes and Q Eades 87: DIFFICULTwith O Schwartz & H Isemonger 86: NO THEME VIIwith L Gorton 85: PHILIPPINESwith Mookie L and S Lua 84: SUBURBIAwith L Brown and N O'Reilly 83: MATHEMATICSwith F Hile 82: LANDwith J Stuart and J Gibian 81: NEW CARIBBEANwith V Lucien 80: NO THEME VIwith J Beveridge 57.1: EKPHRASTICwith C Atherton and P Hetherington 57: CONFESSIONwith K Glastonbury 56: EXPLODE with D Disney 55.1: DALIT / INDIGENOUSwith M Chakraborty and K MacCarter 55: FUTURE MACHINES with Bella Li 54: NO THEME V with F Wright and O Sakr 53.0: THE END with P Brown 52.0: TOIL with C Jenkins 51.1: UMAMI with L Davies and Lifted Brow 51.0: TRANSTASMAN with B Cassidy 50.0: NO THEME IV with J Tranter 49.1: A BRITISH / IRISH with M Hall and S Seita 49.0: OBSOLETE with T Ryan 48.1: CANADA with K MacCarter and S Rhodes 48.0: CONSTRAINT with C Wakeling 47.0: COLLABORATION with L Armand and H Lambert 46.1: MELBOURNE with M Farrell 46.0: NO THEME III with F Plunkett 45.0: SILENCE with J Owen 44.0: GONDWANALAND with D Motion 43.1: PUMPKIN with K MacCarter 43.0: MASQUE with A Vickery 42.0: NO THEME II with G Ryan 41.1: RATBAGGERY with D Hose 41.0: TRANSPACIFIC with J Rowe and M Nardone 40.1: INDONESIA with K MacCarter 40.0: INTERLOCUTOR with L Hart 39.1: GIBBERBIRD with S Gory 39.0: JACKPOT! with S Wagan Watson 38.0: SYDNEY with A Lorange 37.1: NEBRASKA with S Whalen 37.0: NO THEME! with A Wearne 36.0: ELECTRONICA with J Jones