Fossils of Nature: Poetry by Jamie O’Connell

“Winter eternal” and “Even mountains pass away”

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Winter eternal

 

polar bear hearts

wrapped in wires

 

fish scales collide

 

stranded ships

veer towards

the moon’s mouth

 

seagulls cough

the wind’s heartbeats

 

frothy mind

spread over cerulean seas

 

ice drips out of our mouths

 

we are

the shells we found,

carcasses of narwhals

Even mountains pass away

 

spiraling grass

we make wind bruises

phantoms

layer our twilight

we bathe in feathers

imbibe streetlights

give birth to illumination

we are the lungs

of fake flowers

white roses sprouting

from bottles

red candles burning

in vases

lichen growing on

bones and

sycamores

please, bodies

bring me this earth


Jamie OConnell recently received her MFA in Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Menacing Hedge, Troop Zine, and Newfound, and exhibited in College Avenue Galleries in Oakland. She spends most of her time with her majestic zebra-striped dog, Daisy.


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