5 December 2008 | Vol. 8, No. 4
The Symmetry of Water
To lose balance in water—
how would you define this?
I wore my pretty blue choir
skirt as I was told to
look past the accident
to find my double glass
shape of flute within the frond
light gladiolas flap glass
so to be polite, to capture
shyness back (most mornings it works
to trick the image with speed
or lipstick). One future uniform
sheen. And the vastness of such
dream: how does one lose balance in water?
With devastation a coin
drops (as one takes the first step)—
So misplace the interest
in your mouth—how could you
define things? Rest it top the head
as one accepts their blunder
all round equivalence flies beneath
mascara as to tune choir
blue as I would stand up straight
now and rock and rocking go
back and forth (let it down
now, surrender to sink).
About the author:
Lauren Goodwin Slaughter is Assistant Professor of English at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Fiction Editor for the online journal, DIAGRAM. Her poems have recently appeared in Salt Hill, Crab Orchard Review, Blue Mesa Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Juked, 5_trope, and also on Verse Daily.
For further reading:
See the complete list of work by Lauren Goodwin Slaughter at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 8, No. 4, where "The Symmetry of Water" ran on December 5, 2008. List other work with these same labels: poetry.