Two Poems by Jessica Ankeny
Sex Dream #236: Story Restricted
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.
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.
Where is Father? Where is Me’s relationship with Him?
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.
Me worries Mother will ask questions. Mother does not ask questions. Action in living room is initiated by Me.
“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?
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.
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