variations on the theme of ‘bed’

by Peter Schwartz 

 

bed as woman

your bed has hips like any woman
your sheets are love letters written, folded and forgotten
as you turn into yourself like anyone

with nowhere else to go, as you sweat in foreign languages
in a place too big to pretend back from, a sad bed
that’s become your everything

 

bed as ship

honesty works in a variety of ways; you lay on your barely
swaying mattress and push out thoughts like a midwife
but they have no hot spot, no breaking

point to send them flying to the furnace, so you cling to
the fog around your wrists, cloudy as a sailor locked
inside a landfill, imitating yourself

to death.

 

bed as grave

sorry, but your bed’s been growing plants nobody wants
your entanglements were not provocative
the sky was meant to stay that way

the mud you never loved was your best and worst flaw
how cleanly you imagined the rain, how you mixed
your feelings with your blankets

to fall asleep.

 

 

 

 

Peter Schwartz‘s words have been featured in Wigleaf, Opium, and the Columbia Review. He’s also an artist, comedian, and dedicated kayaker. More at: www.sitrahahra.com

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2 thoughts on “variations on the theme of ‘bed’

  1. poetreearborist says:

    “your bed’s been growing plants nobody wants” – I feel indignant reading this line, remembering other poets sickly romanticizing death – as if we’re not all pants-sh***ing afraid of it

  2. megtuite says:

    These are exceptional, Peter! “as you sweat in foreign languages
    in a place too big to pretend back from…” Loved all three of these!

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