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March 24, 2016 Poetry

Two Poems

Brennan Bestwick

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When Reason is a House Without Doors

My therapist asks how often reason wins
my every day grapples with anxiety,
if I ever let logic prevail, and before I can

answer him my stomach interrupts,
a deep, echoing gurgle, a detonator
reaching 3 then 2 then I imagine

my large intestine bursting, covering
his Dockers and the walls in acid
and M&M’s, the only part of the trail mix

I ate before my appointment and I know
none of this has actually happened,
his Hush Puppy’s are not sopping,

I am only hungry or ate too much
chocolate again, or its somehow
my appendix and I know the answer

to his question, sometimes I can hardly
breathe walking through the snack aisle
searching for another bag of trail mix,

and sometimes it’s not just because trail mix
with raisins is the only option at the market
closest to my apartment and it’s not because

raisins aren’t a suitable replacement for chocolate
and never will be, it is a fear of everyone
around me, customers and cashiers,

a fear they did nothing to cause, it is because I live
so many lives in a matter of minutes that I am
only a visitor in, all of which are impossible

and frightening in some new way, so I will not
be the one asking the questions, I do not leave
the houses I’ve built, I carry the nails and raise

the walls around me, know my body  has never only
belonged to the physical world, know that reason
has never had a damn thing to say about any of this.


After the Marathon

        I think of how strange it is
        that footage of runners standing
        atop the podium always outlasts
        the length of the race itself,
        how sometimes we can need
        our grief known more than endured.


image: Aaron Burch