We Measure by the Second-Hand Circling tick of breaths in / breaths out water rising / receding the way young children gather daisies to fashion into necklaces, into crowns later pick petals off one by one by one sing riddles, make up love’s depths predicted by flower stamen, pistil, thin leaves arcing around the tender yellow button praise of tulips, of a lily’s soft unfurling the butterfly/ bee/ hummingbird the nectar the sweet buzz and hum a wing / a whir a pearl in a nest of moss the precarious hope of an egg * late May / early June from greening leaves curling open moth larvae on the end of thin silk threads hung like hair ribbons filaments shimmering in dusty light * We want to feel the wondrous the way water leaves us evaporates into clouds , into air the way a bird’s small body curves into feathered flight
Molly Fuller is the author of the full-length collection For Girls Forged by Lightning: Prose & Other Poems (All Nations Press) and two chapbooks Tender the Body (Spare Change Press) and The Neighborhood Psycho Dreams of Love (Cutty Wren Press). Her work has appeared in Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence, New Poetry from the Midwest, 100 Word Story, NANO Fiction, and Bellingham Review. She is the recipient of a 2020 Artist Residency from both Vermont Studio Center and Wassaic Project. Fuller is the winner of the Gris Gris2020 Summer Poetry Contest. You can find her on Instagram and twitter @mollyfulleryeah.