Saturday Poem


I flew into New York
and the season
a giant burr
something hot was moving
through the City
that I knew
so well. On the
plane though it was
white and stormy
I saw the sun
& remembered the warning
in the kitchen
of all places
in which I was
informed my wax
would melt
no one had gone high
around me,
where’s the fear
I asked the
Sun. The birds
are out there
in their scattered
cheep. The people
in New York
like a tiny chain
gang are connected
in their
and their saving
one another. The
morning trucks
growl. Oh

save me from
knowing myself
if inside
I only melt.

by Eileen Myles

from Jacket Magazine; #37, 2009