Two Poems//Anna Lea Jancewicz


Tell the Bees

 

 

 

Tell the bees I’ve gone, following the Gulf Stream maybe

 

or worse           Tell them I forgot which way was up

 

 

 

I listened to “No Aloha” one too many times, or I was

 

exhausted        by washing my hair and brushing my teeth

 

maintaining this body like a pet

 

an animal I never asked for

 

 

 

Tell the bees I never belonged         to anybody but

 

that buzz   that buzz      Tell them I forgot how to

 

hum myself to sleep

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                //

 

 

 

 

We Are Very Beautiful

 

 

We are very beautiful, standing as we are in

 

the squalor of namelessness     standing extra quiet & crushed

 

by the heft of love

 

 

 

You are a pink & new creation

 

You are a chewer of lightyears &

 

various moons

 

 

 

I am older than dirt

 

I am the one who says Look, there is a

 

stray wish

 

 

 

it is a lost earring back in the carpet

 

visible only at a certain angle when the light

 

snags on its curve

 

 

 

You will remember later that my bruises

 

were shaped like undiscovered continents

 

 

 

I will remember later that your eyelashes

 

were blackened close to holy

Anna Lea Jancewicz’s flash fiction “Marriage” was chosen for The Best Small Fictions 2015. Follow her on Twitter @AnnaLeaJancewic. Links to work at annajancewicz.wordpress.com.  Say it: Yahnt-SEV-ich.