LOVESICK HERON GRENADE SQUAWK-ROCK DOXOLOGY EPITHALAMIUM
heron (n.): from Proto-Indo-European *qriq-, perhaps imitative of its cry (compare Old Church Slavonic kriku “cry, scream,” Lithuanian kryksti “to shriek”)
The Heron pumps its hulking wings and glides across the sky. I would rather be full of gratitude than all of this nailbomb shrapnel. The slim piece of wood sticking out of the river explodes into a Heron. We walked right up on it like some wonderful beggar asleep in the midst of the minefield. What? I was so close. This close. As close as you are to me right now. (boom). I drape my body over you and explode into a Heron. I want to get live as a wire on a blast jacket. I want to get live as a Heron grenade. I want my fuse enthused with You! I want to be the apple of your IED the smart phone you upgrade into a deaf dumb bomb I want to spread my wings against the sky in prayer This poem is about having your face blown off in AWE YAY----- ---ERRRRRR Thank you, Lover! Thank you for pumping your wings through my sky! Thank you for making my hard heart soft as a target! (pump, pump, pump). I fold my body over yours. I absorb the blast and am blessed with the verily lovesick scream that escapes me. The verily one you hear begging this moment whether it be the blast of my vocals or your heart. Is there a difference? I am Great. And I am Blue. I'm prone to prostrate myself upon you to dash myself upon the Rock of Love To drink from the brook of Your book and boom. I spread my wings. I don't have any wings. I realize this. Mid flight.
NICK DEMSKE NICK DEMSKE lives in Racine, Wisconsin and works at the Racine Public Library. His self-titled manuscript was selected by Joyelle McSweeney for the 2010 Fence Modern Poets Series Award and was published by Fence Books. Nick was featured in 2011 as one of fifteen emerging poets to watch for by Poets and Writers magazine and his book was chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of Poetry in 2010 by a Believer Magazine reader survey. Nick curates the BONK! performance series in Racine and edits the online venue boo: a journal of terrific things. You can visit him online sometime at his blog nickipoo.wordpress.com
Read two more Nick Demske poems in B O D Y