You make of me a magician—
a laborer supplicant and servant
as I bring the corners of the cloth
together and know you see—
know of your marveling at my hands and
how they come together. It is I
who fashions a new heart each morning
awake to ripe apples which appear
inside the curve of my arm as though
I’d gathered them in my sleep.
Reveries write themselves upon the day
I say. Prefiguring every kindness falling
at my feet. By night they are siphon
for the sorrow tonguing my boots.
You make of me a witness—
stalwart bearer of deprivations
of sleep as I peel carrots at midnight
and know your eyes follow the line
of my shoulder to elbow to wrist and
how they work together still. It is you
who with your arms unloosening
‘round the waste of me lost beyond
these endless unnamed days—you
who magics the seasons back from before
Name not I, but the it which is this.
Jessica Rigney is a poet, artist, and filmmaker. She is poetjess on Instagram.
This poem is from the Thought For Food anthology,
a poetry collection benefiting Denver Food Rescue.
You can purchase a copy of the book here.