Saturday, October 6, 2018

Sunrise with Sea Monsters

by Souvankham Thammavongsa

What had once been many shades of sun

and cloud and what we had predicted to have

a chance of is now. The face looking at us is

an outline floating in with two eyes and

a mouth. This face could be ours looking back

from some past we’re going toward or just an

expression trying to keep us out. Whatever it is

does not matter. Wanting to live does. If

it is saying something we can’t stop for it. If it is

reporting the future and says what’s happened

sew it shut and anchor it to sink and to stay sunk.

We were going before anyone could call us gone.

Souvankham Thammavongsa's fourth poetry collection Cluster is forthcoming from M&S in 2019.