Small Daisy Tied Around a Finger Like a Ring


I was watching all the ink bleed from the newspaper. It stopped raining. Accidents,
outrages, even a few celebrations leaking, my right to know the life outside myself
washed clean.
I was on my way to the parts store.
I remember when you were my brother, before the accident, when you were bigger
and that’s all that mattered. You were older too so I guess it wasn’t all that mattered.
You’ve been living inside me all my life, but I don’t know who you are.
I was thinking about you while the newspaper bled. There were a lot of dead
people in there, but this time you weren’t one of them. Some kind of a secret vegetable
pain was cranking around in my stomach. I gave it some Pepto Bismol. I gave it some
I thought about you leaving me and I thought about all the things I didn’t know
about, that never even arrived, and l thought, Let the swallow deliver the sky’s thought
and the sky’s thought hold the pleasure of the unseen and the pleasure of the unseen
deliver itself by means unknown to the end of the nest which has stretched from the one
inside to the one that holds your thought of the one not reached by thought, and I thought,
Let the rise of monuments beyond their known subjects become your means of achieving
an elevated potential, and I thought we were inside a possibility that was inside another
possibility or maybe it was like the catching of a fish that has just swallowed a fish that
has just swallowed a fish that is still alive, and so I thought I was getting carried away.
Then I kicked the newspaper into the sewer.
I keep doing that. I keep remembering.
Then I reached the kind of pleasure the forest finds in you. I’m in there somewhere,
busy padding the answer with questions.

Rich Ives is the author of Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days currently being published in serial @ Silenced Press everyday in 2014 and forthcoming in paperback. Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.