Poem for A Viral Video – by Jen Stewart Fueston

Poem for A Viral Video

— After the Icelandic Heyr himna smiður

The song reminds you
it might be possible to endure.
That the sun can go dark,
swallowed by wolves,
eaten by snow, but a melody
burrows or is knit
into the ground like a taproot
might rise to the surface
of throats earth has not
yet imagined, might resurrect
in an echo as trains rumble by
or in some place of transit
between this world and
the next. That whatever
is lost is not lost. That
whatever is kept
keeps its own secret
life, that your body’s
a chamber, a channel,
a mead hall
for music beyond
what you know.


Jen Stewart Fueston lives in Longmont, Colorado. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of journals, most recently Ruminate, Rock & Sling, and The St. Katherine Review. Her poems have twice been finalists for the McCabe poetry prize, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first chapbook, “Visitations,” was published in 2015, and her second, “Latch,” will be released in early 2019. She has taught writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as internationally in Hungary, Turkey, and Lithuania.

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