|The 2River View||27.1 (Fall 2022)|
Because the human body is a tube,
food that sleds the esophagus
halting the whole machine.
about the body’s narrows, where
as he says. Outside swap meets
embracing plaster busts–heads
three-fifths of a slow dance
for a posy of leaky pipes,
Old men, no less slick or glad
—for Adrian Dallas Frandle
In this diagram, a camel faces a goose, a hare a wolf, a rabbit
Adrian is right about the last pair. Between them there’s an air
like a begging collie’s. The goat has curled his beard. How far
of a single hand. One puppeteer puts forefinger and thumb
to make a muzzle, he smudges a dromedary on the wall.
stretching her bowling pin body. A wolf is another matter.
joined in the quaint clasp of prayer. The hare, too, is a secret
For the child, there is no instructional graphic, but once I sat
Jane Zwart teaches at Calvin University, where she also co-directs the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Threepenny Review, and TriQuarterly, as well as other journals and magazines. website
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