12 Degrees & Skiving

what began as year-long challenge has become perpetual until further notice

the sea of no

we are drowning
in our sea of no
treading it’s thick liquid

a thousand thousand no
per cubic metre
they fractal like alveoli
in the place of our lungs

steady drip off our lips:
no means no means no
or flying like seaspray spittle:
no fucking no!

the no have been pooling
throat-height
all our lives
most of us are born
already knowing how to drown
in the eddies and ripples
of our mothers’ no
and her mother’s no

i look across at the other islands
girls and women
chins straining
above our deaf sea
till each goes under
she’ll spume her no

unless you were truly listening
you’d think us glorious
as breaching whales

but we are drowning
in our sea of no

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One comment on “the sea of no

  1. kimcannon16000days
    November 24, 2020

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