Two Poems by David Bankson

Into the Sea

there was a time when I couldn't breathe

they started sending film crew when things got too fake.
they took their spotlights there.
the worm began to tunnel,
                                  where waves lap
                                  forgotten memories
                                  are flame dresses
                                  visions of scalps, blood
                                  reverse revelation --
too large for the room,
listening for ships passing in the night
to horns that sound like the fish I've seen.

"I hear drowning to death is preferable."

the ladles of logic are slipping
the house paint on the plank siding
is in curls --

I'm not a demon, but am I worth it?
power lines whipping in the dusk,
feeling that flames.

the following evening after it sank
I say: "The fish always know first."

                                  but the fish have died since then.


On Struggling for Originality

The rafters. The rain. The peonies.
The diaspora in the golden spring.
For now, every planet sounds like uncertainty,

every rotting log an incubator
unmade in the evening drought.
To ignore is to absolve;

to neglect is to destroy patterns in the soil,
brown that dissuades from creation.
Even the closest point cannot be reached.

There is no freedom in the weight we shoulder
or the sympathy we reject —
what we see as brightness

is darkness that has been eclipsed.
There is a volume at which anything louder
starts making sense, a connection

now audible to our exposed ears.
To the peony, sudden sun is a moment,
but the sunbeam needs no time

beyond the present. Where we came from
is no longer us. Imagine this as a river.
As a forest. Composure means nothing

and space is farther than it appears.
Soon the whisper. Soon the river. Soon
the emergence of all we grip tight.

 

David Bankson lives in Texas. He was finalist in the 2017 Concīs Pith of Prose and Poem contest, and his poetry and microfiction can be found in concis, Anti-heroin Chic, {isacoustic*}, Artifact Nouveau, Riggwelter Press, Five 2 One Magazine, and others.

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