Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Tuesday poem #490 : Robbie Chesick : Counting what Comes Before One




Today I bet on beauty
weighting the roulette wheel of attention

to favour the rotor’s deft funnel

with a still of the delrin pill of my inner eye

the win settles into a red pocket numbered

nine terns taking flight from the tundra

as the croupier like a hollering kettle unsnaps the dark

undressing a dawn of
suede petals
dropping pink around six
digging holes to their antipodes

and to you extending two arms towards me, and to the sky

infiltrating my lungs, with its one wish

to know itself

for a breath




Robbie Chesick (she/her) lives in Vancouver, BC, on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. She works as a clinical counsellor, writing poems in stolen moments for her own delight. Her poetry has been published in Vallum Magazine, Poetry Pause, Event (forthcoming) and Brine, a collaborative chapbook from the HC5 collective (2022). 

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

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