Imprinted

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Carrie Does Poems
Carrie Does Poems
Imprinted
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Imprinted


The tight curls on her lover’s neck? 
Lord studied them. Made litanies to survive. 

Whitman, of course, sang of electric bodies 
and armies he loved, of girth.

Chen Chen focused on ice cream
Connoisseurs, jigglypuffys and wigglytuffs. 

Donika Kelly spoke of small animals
Knowing thresholds of each other, meeting.

Meeting at those thresholds
Litanies of survival
Bodies electric and connoisseurs.

And me? I stare at a blank page 
and have no language;

I stare at a blank life and wonder. 

We are still “imprinted with fear,”
Aren’t we? Refugees of our own selves,

Starving for bronze plaques and sonnets
With those measured line and expected beats
Telling us it is safe: it is safe, come in. 

Hey, thanks for listening to Carrie Does Poems.

The music you hear is made available through the creative commons and it’s a bit of a shortened track from the fantastic Eric Van der Westen and the track is called “A Feather” and off the album The Crown Lobster Trilogy.

https://freemusicarchive.org/music/eric-van-der-westen/the-crown-lobster-trilogy-selection

Author: carriejonesbooks

I am the NYT and internationally-bestselling author of children's books, which include the NEED series, FLYING series, TIME STOPPERS series, DEAR BULLY and other books. I like hedgehogs and puppies and warm places. I have none of these things in my life.

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