Thursday, November 24, 2011

Fidelity lost

I flung you round me
round and away, into the wailing dark.

You say I pushed you.

I thought it would be safe
to let you go.

I thought you would be back,
drawn again and again
to my endless solar song.

Now I see you there,
shifting through the far reaches,
pulling me retrograde
as you chase the fire of a faraway sun.

I hope you never reach her.

I hope the ice stings your cheeks
and the chill fog pulls
the wind from your breast.

I hate you. I love you.
I never wanted you gone.

Rachel Westfall
November 22, 2011


... in response to Christopher

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sky god

As you swing by me
on your erratic orbit
around some greater force

how can I be the earth,
the moon, a celestial body
so perfectly round, a mother,
a sphere like a jewel
without falling hard against
your rough edge,
without brushing
your scarred surface over
my cheek, without

shifting my course
irrevocably towards
your aching curve?

Rachel Westfall
November 22, 2011


.... in response to Christopher

Monday, November 21, 2011

Breakup (death of a frozen river)

With the heat of your fingertips
you shattered
the cold, hard shell
I'd wrapped around
my shoulders
like a tattered cloak
stiffened by the
winter frost
and with a groan
the first of the tears
broke through

Rachel Westfall
November 21, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

bitter snake

You crush the sunlight in my day
and scatter it, broken and dead,
like litter on the ground.

I wonder if you’re pleased
with this dull grey light
you’ve wrought. I wonder

if you stop to reflect at all.

Bitter snake, your venom
drives me out, despairing
for clean air, fresh joy.

Rachel Westfall
November 12, 2011