Construction Literary Magazine

Fall 2019

perpetual motion

perpetual motion
Photograph via Unsplash by Ahmad Odeh.

 

“You are not alone when you make ridiculous gestures
 with your arms and legs and call it dancing. We all are.” –Emily Pettit

 

if you are moving this is good

*

i am eager

to dance

would you care

to join me ?

*

you are not alone
if the concept of motion makes sense
only as a relationship
between two objects

& objectively
melancholy is a happy word that means something
about forgetting youre alive in here
with sharks

*

i forgot once
what i was named
& for a day became a space unfilled
with words
like past
or present

*

im not beholden to my past
for longer
than it takes to be alive

im not beholden to my past i buried it
beside the begonias
for the sound
it made
when the body
became the body

*

i tell myself
you are alive
in here
with sharks

you are alive
for as long
as it takes
to be alive

*

if i make this shape with my feet
& call it dancing
would you recognize it
as lonely

*

these days
it is not enough to be enough

instead i come with feathers
in my mouth

thinking often
of death

as are certain mountains

*

i do not understand how to be afraid
i do not understand how to be afraid
i do not understand how to be afraid
i do not understand how to be afraid

*

i make
this shape
with my feet
& call it
dancing

the concept
makes sense
as a relationship
between objects

*

& you are not alone
to call it
moving

*

everyday

i believe

a little bit less

in love

*

but it would mean a lot to me

to know

ive made you smile