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as a new coin and fit for spending. Now?
Nothing is allowed to be exquisitely itself.
Even a kiss is a trotline heavy with hooks,
trawling up all kisses past.
Perhaps God isn’t omniscient, just old
enough all patterns are laid bare. Our lives
not preordained, just predictable:
how even empty rooms are now crowded
with my dead. Yet when I was
a pair of grass-greened knees, even the birds
seemed to ask, What do you want to be
when you grow up? As though transformation
were possible. But my metamorphosis
was the ordinary kind: that boy
into this man. Still, I hope
some mystery remains. May the grass
that will soon grow from me whisper
all the answers I wish I’d given: A warm temple
in a wintry place. A welcoming bed for those I love best.
A lake deep enough to hold everyone’s longing.
Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books), winner of the Devil’s Kitchen and Goldie Awards, and Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press), winner of the New Mexico Book Award and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. She serves as Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal and lives in Asheville, NC, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, with whom she co-authored Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (Spruce Books / Penguin Random House). Her collection of poems in conversation with the Book of Genesis will be out from Four Way Books in 2024.
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