Self of Steam
mondegreen from a student paper
When thoughts stack up like cinderblock
unfurl your self of steam
which rises over grit and gray and rockand climbs with rolling waft the slope
of hopelessness you seem
bound to languish on. Inhale, arise, elopewith this twin self. When gate and lock
keep out the warming dream
and echo as they slam and bolt, and mockyour cache of ifs till you can’t even cope
with whens, your self of steam
is there to lift your heart and gropethrough silty, disbelief-encrusted mire
and, loosening your fibers, ream
the long-clogged conduits of pure desire.Open your windows, let in the mists
of uncertainty. Unbend the beam
of light of all you know of what exists,bemused, unpent, bestride your self of steam!
Copyright © 2018 by J. Allyn Rosser
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission
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