By Jason Kirin.In Washington D.CIt is one year into the pasta potted set oflilies bloom starkshading the overside of a citybench.
Tossing still dried wasabipeas at pigeonsin Dupont Circle –I know your handsover these shoulders,I know your hipslike oars in a hurricane,
I know the stench ofwet Pall Mallsmoke climbing yourthighs, Joni Mitchellin the hallwayssinging Christmassongs, my pictureon your nightstand.
I know your neighborsflowers when I smellthem. Their chrysanthemumsmake geraniumtea for a lunch in thegarden. Forget menots plea, “For me, letme not forget thee.”
They can hear thecrackle of driedleaves in our toes.Trees barkinglike ageless snakesour cigarettelighters clickand light
are not in lovethe way I am.Like Blacksmiths forgingsteel from calla lilies;Alchemists manifestingmemories from the soundsof you dog’s paws scitteringor Tom Waitssung in tune tothe slappingof your ass.
When I sit at theNational Mall Ithink of my tongueslipping, dancingto fears lullaby,years into the futurewishing for a riverthat I can skate away on.
Jason Kirin, a Frankenstein of dead poets who speaks from both mouth and hands, sometimes simultaneously. Jason has been a freelance interpreter and deaf educator for most of his professional life. When he is not turning one language into another, turning poems to hands; to voices; to metaphors, or performing somewhere in Pittsburgh, he offers private juggling lessons and lateral thinking classes from the comfort of his in-home office…
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