fresh, fresh, come spring! oh,mud–
and air! yes, sun–touched skin is lust,
breathes life into every broken rust;
that magic! how? impossible! impossible green!
swinging happy, on giddy wind,
breaking open every single blue in the sky.
ah, hear birds squawking at a returning sky?
mmm, see the child joy-eating mud?
ohh, feel the not-yet flowers dreaming wind?
and tentative shoulders uncoiling (yes) lust?
there cannot be a hidden green,
where all living things wake, shaking off rust!
my bones! oh sorry bones of winter’s rust!
let me peel this skin away so you can peek at the sky!
let me run your edges against new budding green!
let me pack your dimples with freshest baby mud!
silly aching bones, I will make you drunk for lust,
like an old man in the park, laughing with the wind.
what is sweeter to my soul than the taste of wind?
mind my little crumble-clouds of shed rust,
oh shedding! oh, stretching! oh garden snake of lust!
watch my starving eye swallow the entire dome of sky!
ahh, the balsam of Gilead is sun-warmed mud,
ohh, the waters of Jordan are a pressing dream green.
yes, fill my mouth with earth and moss and green,
give me only this and the smell of rain on wind–
and I’ll say, what charm of seasons! spinning yards of mud
whose rich flow slips all language for rust!
kindling joy: a sweet smoke offering that pierces sky,
electrifying mitochondria, bumblebees buzzing lust!
Pulse threading every imaginable sort of lust
for leeks and peas and sugar snap green
that inched from earth, unfurled against sky
and, for us, re-claimed the sun. what carries in the wind?
a six month history, entombed / in rust.
now we are sunny little pigs, gleeful snouts caked in mud!
and we know summer is a lust wind,
and we know fall brings a green rust;
and what follows we tuck into a sky-mud.
Jeni De La O is an Afro-Cuban poet and storyteller living in Detroit. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Obsidian, Gigantic Sequins, Rigorous Magazine, Fifth Wednesday, and others. Jeni founded Relato:Detroit, the nation’s first bilingual community storytelling event, which seeks to bridge linguistics divides through story. She is a Poetry Editor for Rockvale Review and organizes Poems in the Park, an acoustic reading series based in Detroit. You can find her on Twitter at @jenidelao.