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122| Gifts

Theodora Ziolkowski

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Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain.
— Sonnet 122

These — what I call confessions.
My brain is a Malabar chestnut,
my heart a steeplechase
bound by floss.
My watching continues
to stun the lob of spring sows
bleating in the rain,
that orchard in June
some dew-struck dream.
Everywhere: wax begonias.
What I call confessions,
these cinders the size of small birds. Tell me
which end of paradise
are you on?
I tend to dabble in fantasy,
cupcake. Make of me what
you will, I love you
tenderly, still
I love you already.

Theodora Ziolkowski’s poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Gargoyle Magazine, and Harpur Palate, as well as an anthology of Vermont writers. She has a series of lyric poems forthcoming in an anthology of work inspired by the Demeter and Persephone myth.

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