Two Poems by Jessica Ankeny

Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Sex Dream #236: Story Restricted

Exposition:
Him and Me know one another but do not have a romantic relationship. Mother and Me did not get along for many years but after work on both parties they get along quite well.

Space:
Story Space: A large home on a sunny beach with a deck.
Screen Space: The living room of said home. It is spacious with lightly colored furniture and tall windows looking onto the deck.

Parallelism:
Where is Father? Where is Me’s relationship with Him?

Time:
Story Time: Me walks into living room and Him is there. They fall to the floor behind the couch and act gratuitously for a rather long time. Mother notices from the deck and walks away.
Story Duration: Me walks into living room and Him is there. They fall to the floor behind the couch and act gratuitously for a rather long time. Mother notices from the deck and walks away.

Story:
Me worries Mother will ask questions. Mother does not ask questions. Action in living room is initiated by Me.

Plot:
Anti-climactic

5-Second Rule

“I’m different” she says “You want to see?”
and reaches down her throat
finger first and pulls her heart out: red/blue/green, beating.
“It’s grown from different seed, can’t you tell?” I don’t
know, I think, can I? and she places the slick thing
across my palms ready
and open without my realizing. I worry

my hands will shake like they do sometimes
and it will break and get all over
my dress. Her face turns and starts another
conversation. Should I
set the heart down, dripping,
or stand here until she remembers I have it?

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Jessica Ankeny spent her formative years watching her father skin deer in the backyard; she came to poetry young. She lives with her cat, Joni Mitchell, in Brooklyn, and regularly receives rejections for her manuscript, Inside the Balloon.

© 2012 – 2013, Metazen.

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