The Innisfree Poetry Journal
www.innisfreepoetry.org

by Adele Steiner


FOR THE THREE MONKEYS

If only I could forgive you for leaving,
burn a string and watch the flame curl its way

along twisted fibers until nothing
remains of my anger but dust. I canít

find the words either, not even between
the palms of my hands. So round and small

the space is my confessional no larger
than a mouth. But it is quiet now. Even

light squeezes thinly between my closed
fingers so its brightness canít scream. It glows

instead in soft red tones, whisperings
I cannot understand without a glass:

Crystal, wheel spun and finely cut so
its meridians close in around a rim,

makes the perfect ring for spinning word
fragments until their pieces blend again.

They require only one of my hands
and the lightest touch from my fourth finger

to set them in motion. Its slender frame
reins flesh in close to the bone for speed,

for gathering the momentum it needs
to lift words up loud enough for piercing.


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