Resurrection

Norman Akers (Osage), The Gathering (2012), lithograph, 22 3/4 x 16 3/8 in / Courtesy of the artist (normanakers.com)
Norman Akers (Osage), The Gathering (2012), lithograph, 22 3/4 x 16 3/8 in / Courtesy of the artist (normanakers.com)

Summers we lie out on the hot porch
palms splayed—

raising flames from ragweed

hoofed dancers from the boundaries

tornado’s sharp-toed steeds.

 

In the rusted truck behind the barn
a tufted titmouse sings

balled up like a stone

its stick claws stiff as thorns.

 

When the nest of starlings 
built in the eaves
drops a hatchling

we steal its pink 
body to the roof

lay it out beneath the lightning.

 

Our mouths creak open 
to the honeyed light—

tie-snakes bind our feet.

Jennifer Elise Foerster is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Vermont College of the Fine Arts. A Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen, she is pursuing her PhD at the University of Denver. Her first book of poems, Leaving Tulsa, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2013.

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