January 25, 2014

Tattoo [for my students] by Jeanine Stevens

Because the heart is not heard
gold butterflies
rest on a shoulder.
Because joy is not felt
black eagle’s wings
strain taut back muscles.
Because the mind is not clear
weave tendrils at the hairline.
Because the eye is uncertain
white tear shapes link bony wrists.
Because the ear cannot hear
narrow feathers
creep from under the collar.
Because the voice cannot speak
red checkered hearts
skip down the lifeline.

Jeanine Stevens has three Pushcart Nominations, and was the 2013 winner of The Macguffin Poet Hunt for her poem "New Delhi," judged by Philip Levine. Her work has appeared in Poet Lore, South Dakota Review, Valparaiso Poetry Journal and Ekphrasis. She is the author of "Sailing on Milkweed."

1 comment:

  1. This writer really speaks to me. I love her use of language, her imagery.

    Thank you for a most engaging poem.