Soon you’ll see swans turn black with time,
how their legs lengthen as their necks shrink.
Allow them to trot on a countertop pecking
for crumbs. And when you lose the key
to the antique cabinet hidden in your garage,
imagine that what’s inside is a sideways mirror,
a leafing foxglove, a witch that burns blue
in the heat. Your brief unpleasant history. Recall
the wayward bicycles on the street, callused tires
that barely touched the ground in their haste.
A strange riddle: forgetting as a way of being
in the world. You can conduct rock operas
from driveways, try your hand at invisible drums,
but you can’t help but lose sight of yourself
in the puddles. Only you and the chameleons
nesting on the back of your car. The cabinet left
colorless, stony as a swan. And now you watch your hair
fall away from you in petals like the day.
The foxglove is gentle when it twists in the blade.
“Movement Therapy” first appeared on our website on March 22, 2021. It will subsequently appear in Meridian Issue 45.