True and False and What's in the Middle
by Mercedes Lawry
- Does the block of wood suggest the artificial?
- A construction of odd materials
- that might resemble carbon or a neural lapse
- or tears. Dreams in rapid-fire with wry narratives.
- Civilization at this or that stage.
- Long, thin pieces next to squat,
- the giving nature of wood, fluidity of grain.
- What difference to grief or the final embrace?
- The block of wood and then,
- a floor, a table, a bed.
- The block of wood with no roots
- for we’ve swallowed the roots,
- and can feel them working
- their way down, tender and ferocious.
Packingtown Review – Vol.5, Fall 2013
Mercedes Lawry has published poetry in such journals as Poetry, Nimrod, Poetry East, The Saint Ann's Review, and others. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she's published two chapbooks, most recently "Happy Darkness". She's also published fiction, essays and stories and poems for children. She lives in Seattle.