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Friday, 13 September 2013 09:29

Circle of Joy

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Circle of Joy

First find a good, thin, piece of wire, which
Is long enough to twist around its own
Self and your flesh. Thighs are the best. We switch
To calf or ankle later, but the bone
To tissue ratio is better near
Your haunch – more meat means more hurt. There's much to
Be said for being strict when the idea
Is to initialize pain. Next, you
Need to put kinks in the wire – make sure
They jut sharply, so you bruise while they pull
Your skin as the circle tightens – like you're
Wearing a cilice, but better. Awful
Aches will grow and spread until the day that
The femoral artery's almost crushed flat –
That's when you get to uncinch the wire,
So all the pooled blood bursts out from its dam,
Thrusting back down your dry hollow veins. Fire
Will not burn you more than this sudden ram
Of blood. It's over too fast, but you must
Do it, unless you want to lose the leg.
(Which is something else to think about ...) Trust
Us, though, doing this even once will beg
The question of Why do anything else
But this? It takes so long and hurts so bad
And you can do it all for free. No bells,
No whistles, just a wire. We have had
Years of gut wrenching pain with this method,
Joyfully gotten with little effort.
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Juleigh Howard-Hobson

Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s poetry has appeared in such leading venues as Trinacria, Soundzine, The Lyric, 14 by 14, qarrtsiluni, The Raintown Review,The Best of the Barefoot Muse (Barefoot Pub), and  Caduceus (Yale University). She has been nominated for both The Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Her next book, Remind Me, is forthcoming with Ancient Cypress Press in September.

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