Skip to content →

Category archive for: Ira Sadoff

Id

It comes from that voice dogs can hear, the glass-

breaking high C that makes life sylphlike.

Of course sylphlike’s

for pussies. If I say I want a dancer’s body,

I don’t want to dance: I want to be lithe,

lasting a little longer to take in

the traffic jams. I don’t want to look inward,

reflect on, stare at my reflection, nail

another deer on the mantle. Be indelible—

all cobble and boarded-up windows.

Dear reader, I left cupboards open

for your perusal. So trespass my secrets:

I have never cast the petulance aside,

not even just sat with that humlessness.

Can I call that my own personal abyss?

I’m not exempt, I’m no special case, I won’t

go around with scissors and a razor blade,

cutting into things, inspecting, shutting down

the operation. I don’t want to say nimbus

when I mean shotgun. Or be my friend

when I mean slip it in. Penthouse,

when I mean pent-up house.

from True FaithFind it in the library

Copyright © BOA Editions, Ltd 2012
Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc.
on behalf of BOA Editions LTD.

My First Roses

My first roses brought me to my senses.

All my furies, I launched them like paper boats

in the algaed pond behind my house.

First they were pale, then peach and blood red.

You could be merciless trimming them back.

You could be merciless and I needed that.

Emerald green with crimson tips,

these were no crowns of thorns.

They would not portend nor intimate.

But if you fed them they’d branch out:

two generations in a single summer.

One had a scent of fruit & violet, the other

blazed up, a flotilla of lips on the lawn.

from True FaithFind it in the library

Copyright © BOA Editions, Ltd 2012
Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc.
on behalf of BOA Editions LTD.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a State-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this (publication, website, exhibit, etc.) do not necessarily represent those of the Idaho Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.