"Hourglass"

August 27, 2018

"Hourglass" is featured in The Southeast Review Vol. 36.2.

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Hourglass

 

 

A father exists, but not 

much. How

 

much is enough?          

Woodchuckers chuck

 

& that’s a sufficient riddle.

There is a limit. Even when the action 

 

is your name— to father

is a verb. Predictable

 

that I ask about love. Lovelace

my Grandfather’s last

 

name, the first

of many branches on burned

 

bark. I stand at the Black Warrior

Dam & am alert at the lack

 

of alarm. I could dip my toe in the town’s

drinking water. I walk

 

more than I drive, but once

when I was high I curved into the right turn

 

of a casual street & thought

the police car’s siren alit

 

a dead black boy laying over two solid

parallel yellow lines, & maybe it was a trip

 

trapped in the blue note of a trombone.

Dear God,

 

I hope so, or

I’m sliding every egg from my uterus. Give me

 

baron when the dead boys from the screen appear dead

everywhere.                

 

Last week a wind

wandered into my car on the same street. It was             

 

lost and non-threatening. I drove 

it home, though we nearly passed

 

its season.        

It’s Christmas

 

& Grandpa’s empty

chair cracks my mother in half. I rub

 

her face, he holds

my hand—sand

 

returning to sand.

 

 

Nabila Lovelace is a first-generation Queens native, her people hail from Trinidad & Nigeria. She is the author of Sons of Achilles (YesYes Books, 2018), her debut book of poetry. You can currently find her kicking it in Tuscaloosa.

 

 

Photo: A. H. Jerriod Avant

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