These ears aren't to be trusted.
The keening in the night, didn't you hear?
Once I believed all the stories didn’t have endings,
but I realized the endings were invented, like zero,
had yet to be imagined.
The months come around again,
and we are in the same place;
full moons, cherries in bloom,
the same deer, the same frogs,
the same helpless scratching at the dirt.
You leave poems I can’t read
behind on the sheets,
I try to teach you songs made of twigs and frost.
You may be imprisoned in an underwater palace;
I'll come riding to the rescue in disguise.
Leave the magic tricks to me and to the teakettle.
I've inhaled the spells of willow trees,
spat them out as blankets of white crane feathers.
Sleep easy, from behind the closet door
I'll invent our fortunes, spin them from my own skin.
About the Author: Jeannine Hall Gailey's poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The Iowa Review, Rattle, The Columbia Poetry Review, The Seattle Review, Poetry Southeast, Verse Daily, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, and the forthcoming Datlow/Windling anthology The Beastly Bride. She is the author of one collection, Becoming the Villainess, and one chapbook, Female Comic Book Superheroes. She lives in Seattle. For more information, please visit the author's website.
Copyright © 2008 by Jeannine Hall Gailey. The poem may not be reproduced in any form without the author's express written permissio