Jessica D. Thompson’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is forthcoming in The Southern Review. Her poems appear in small press journals across the country, including Appalachian Heritage, Atlanta Review, and The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, in Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry (Accents Publishing), Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers (an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project), and New Poetry from the Midwest (New American Press). She is the grateful recipient of the James Baker Hall Memorial Prize in Poetry (New Southerner, 2013) and the Kudzu Poetry Prize (Kudzu, 2014). In 2013, Liquid Paper Press published her poetry chapbook, Bullets and Blank Bibles.
I reach for you.
The bed a still lake
where a blue
floods the hollow
room and I drown,
again and again,
in the swimming
The Blue Light of May
It’s not for me to say where hours
bleed. Anemic days
filled with one hand-washed cup,
one plate. Friends have stopped
dropping off made-from-scratch
chocolate cakes but our bedroom
still holds the hint of us
between the folds of satin
drapes. No one told me
how long this sharp-edged road.
I know only one day I woke
and found a faint footpath.
I marvel at the slightest change.
At dawn, it was a host of robins
in the blue light of May.