A nearby baby cries, my heart’s nerves
Reach out longingly
To console her,
Resuming the practical.
He jumped up
To help an elderly man who’s falling. I’m relieved
Though my own actions got stuck;
Words are caught in,
Bits of dried-lip skin.
Couple doesn’t dare cross the cop
Who gave them a ticket,
Though it’s obvious
They were not at fault.
On his pompous back
Received (and only given, it seems) by the vain.
My monolingual tongue’s
Made brittle, stiff, is broken, doesn’t speak.
But my multilingual heart rarely fails to listen, see.
Samantha Terrell is a contemporary American poet from the Midwest (U.S.A.), whose work emphasizes emotional integrity and social justice. Her poetry has been published in a multitude of in-print and online chapbooks, journals, and e-zines including: Algebra of Owls, Anti-Heroin Chic, Dissident Voice, DoveTales, the Ebola Chapbook, Knot Magazine, and others. Her e-books can be found on Smashwords.com and her first in-print book, Diffusing the Tick-Tock, is forthcoming from Local Gems Press (Long Island, NY). Find more information at: http://poetrybysamantha.
–Art by Marina Ćorić