Brijit Reed

Yellow Song

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every time we bounce our sunny buttery ball between us it shines brighter and BIGGER it gets bigger and BRIGHTER and sings in fuzzy buzzy yellow honey bee hums, “this is my love, my joy, my light” i see you     –you see me– candy-flavored sun, spun of sunflowers, daffodils, and buttercups         bubblingup to the surface and out into   s p a c e, tugging me to the place that i belong, while the narrator narrates my life, speaking words of rites– words i’ve wronged….read more

Mother Deer

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Great Mother brought her deer to Life and Life said, “don’t make sacrifices for me. i don’t give you Life for you to take it or break it. it is for cultivating– not killing.” Great Mother bowed, pressing her head to the ground, and she said, “it is with profound gratitude that i accept this Life and live it to the best of my abilities. i will instruct the flowers and the trees to leave signal trails of my love and devotion for You. Life will be the message of…read more

Mother’s Milk

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  i rowed my little boat, my little boat         across the river.   i forgot to ask– did you make it to the other side?   i did, and then i drank, and then i drank the color of the sky through my hollow throat,   and it sounded like Mother’s Milk, like Mother’s Milk, and it nourished all my bones–          even the Past and the Present.   the scavengers, the farmers, the warriors, and the goddesses– the devout, the sacred, and…read more

Chinoise

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CHINOISE there was a path– it was a fecund path, a fertile path– and it waited, receptive, to a seed to be planted in its red and loamy soil. this was accepted. sometimes the seed ticced and spasmed– it frequently tremored, bouncing from Light particle          to Light as it burgeoned with Life, striving for the Liberty                        to Thrive. that seed sprouted into limbs, head, and trunk,    shrunken head, constellations of cells composed of granular memories of the limbs, heads, and trunks,        trunks of lead, that…read more

A Round Poem

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we hear you plugging bullet holes with saccharine words and preposterous fables. that sticky resinous tar resonates with the wrong souls but consoles no one. I get even with you for getting even with me and vice versa, and conversely, in reverse–or the Other– way around. that’s what i’ve found– it’s always a round, circular argument, but even when I spurn you– you’re still part of me. holy spirit, Human, even the trees cast your shape in their shadows. there is death in life but there is life in death…read more

We Even The Score

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she’s in my house again, reading my books, drinking my tea, feeding my cat, speaking like me. i don’t invite her in. not consciously. she is not me. i’m over there— in the same chair— that she is. this is what puzzles and quizzes me… where does she start and i begin? how do her bones fit into my skin? my dark and baleful twin is awake when she sleeps but is still not enlightened. hush now, you napping storm, this is the fulcrum. it’s my turn to convey my…read more

Haint Blue

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HAINT BLUE follow me, the emissary crow of the woods. I unfurl my wings and take flight, winging through shadowed trees and leaves dappled in light. a distant calliope plays faintly a misplaced song quaintly, but near and dear to hear. it wheezes and chimes through centuries of time, and he hums along, remembers words wrong, and laughs, to the delight of our ancestors. we’ll soar over hollers and undulating hills. upon those bluegrass backs are platted plans of secret whiskeys distilled and patchworked burley tobacco— the foundations and vertebrae…read more

Hum

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HUM in these garments are the remnants of meaning and memories, adjacent to my flesh, and to my bones. embroidered within my heart, this matrix is mine. it records the shine of each pearl I’ve cast away. days devoted to earth and sky, summoning spirits with sweetgrass-scented prayers, in escort of the tranquil snap of sparks and the smoky, perfumed hope that unites us with the clouds and drinks from the sun. elixir of the gods pours from the stars and nourishes the Earth in arcing colors of refracted light,…read more

Sand And See

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see my little boat?see how it floatsupon the wavesand the mirrors?there is the whirlpoolthat tugs my wee craftthrough the remoteand capricious sea.i can predict its next phasethrough entropy and the evolutionit accompanies.hey.look at me.i’m barely 3leagues away from youon the isle of smiles,but there are too many knotsto untangle before setting out to seeyou.see my boat launch into the clouds, Sea?i’ve never been more proudto stand at the helmas i’m learning to fly.not to underwhelmthe average participant,but closing your eyes in reposeis a sufficient instrumentof propulsion for a pilot like…read more

Dog Star

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  dog star laughs in the sky, howling through the days of summer and the winters of night.   sirius guides isis through the stars on a leash of light, feeding love to the hounds of hell and felling them upon the altar of peace and truth   and the wakened osiris  stirs alternations of permutations,  transmutations and alterations of toxin to treasure,  in an eternity of evolution dogged with plight.