April 24, 2008

Lisa Gill — “Datura stramonium / Jimsonweed”

Posted in Poetry at 9:00 am by The Lizard Queen

Datura stramonium / Jimsonweed

When I lost my equilibrium
I found the ground
and what grows there.

A trumpet of guffaws.

As if I’d misplaced
my attention. Simple error.

I broke a sweat
grappling with gravity
with God.

Initiated into overblown
blossoms and seeds
of anything

my body became
a distant horizon
I reached weeks later.

Now when the sun sets
my pupils flower
and I can see

less of this body
and more of the world.

—Lisa Gill, 2006

from Mortar & Pestle


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