​​H E R M E N E U T I C   C H A O S   J O U R N A L

B Y   G I N N A   L U C K

​​​​                     “Spirit rules secretly alone the body achieves

                              nothing is something you know.”  - Anne Carson

I will cultivate a mile of green grass in the early summer rain    I will shake fog into a forest at night like someone who left and then returns for love   if love seems emptier still   I will remind you    even silence flourishes    if you listen closely you’ll hear the slow sinking moon and all the dead light ready to disappear   I will disappear    I will die and be reborn a tree    what will pulse inside me will not be a heart     but a broken and upended oak branch that heaves and sunders and grinds into beautiful slick pink underneath   I will crush you with the promise of lushness    I’ll be more like any shade of the color green    everything that seems to grow and grow    you can run your hands through the moss and feel a vein   a gash   where broken skin knits together and sprouts viable and green    push your heart into it like a muddied boot print    dig a hole in it and get to know me again    I am composing a new blood  you can breath    I am writing this poem inside of you    a new line appears in your palm    every now and then we touch    and something drops from the sky     moths or bees     and small bird bodies    I see three thousand miles    of water before us and nothing    but tiny green frogs skating over it    what I’m trying to say is    the more loss there is    the more I will wash myself into new shapes    I have unthinkable hugeness    if a whole lot of thinking can change        everything that is difficult    becomes a system of transformation    at the end of the day    I have to stop being so fearful

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Ginna Luck's work can be read or is forthcoming in Juked, Gravel, Pif Magazine, Radar Poetry, decomP, Menacing Hedge, Gone Lawn, Hermeneutic Chaos Journal and others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has an MFA from Goddard College.