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Meg Baird: skin and bones

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2022

skin and bones

by Meg Baird

 

I

I feel my body

a rack of bones

and when I stand

I wrinkle

dying is upon me now

I hear the death bells tinkle

welcome welcome

come this way

faint and in the distance

 

II

it’s not that it makes me happy

it’s not that it makes me sad

it’s something I’m afraid of

and yet it makes me glad

 

III

when going around the corners

it’s best to hang on tight

surprising how it gets you

through the journey into night

 

It hurts a bit

not much not yet

the shredding of the sail

no going back

not free not yet

if freedom’s what you want

 

IV

it’s ok

it’s alright

I’m so happy

how I feel tonight

my energy’s back

my back is back

my core awoke and ready

I feel so much relieved

 

but now it’s off

to sleep I go Dear Lord

please take my yearning soul

from out my living body

and walk with me

and talk with me

so I won’t be alone

 

V

suspend belief

we call it faith

I’ve always had my measure

tethered here on earth

 

I feel my body

as flesh and blood

lying limpid on the bed

I’d take another turn tonight

but I don’t think I’m ready

how many corners in a curve

when it has come full circle

there’s four of course

all in a row until they snap

together and then a circle

make those four

conjoined they are forevermore

 

 

Meg Baird can be found in the ezine archives of Yellow Mama, Twisted Sister, Anemone Sidecar, Open Heart Forgery, Apollo’s Lyre, and Prachya Review, as well as the paper publications Fluidity, CV2: Poetry Only, Expressions, and Fourth Floor Images. She enjoys performing in cafes, libraries, bars and special events. Poetry, her own and that of others, has saved her life on more than one occasion. Say no more!


Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2022