"Chronicle"

Written By

Judith Skillman

And have you struggled against the pain

as if stretched on a Procrustean bed,

and did the morning find you here again?

 

Was there nothing, neither sun nor rain,

to restore the lithe, gymnastic spine

and have you struggled against the pain?

 

Lone women done with children, complain

to yourselves about the children’s children. 

The next morning finds you here again.

 

Spurred vertebrae leak lamina, strain

against gravity’s hearty grip. Discs drip. 

And have you struggled against the pain?

 

Go tint your cheeks with delicate paint

after a mandatory hot shower.

And have you struggled against the pain,

and did the morning find you here again?

Judith Skillman’s new books are Premise of Light, Tebot Bach; and Came Home to Winter, Deerbrook Editions. She is the recipient of grants from Artist Trust and the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have appeared in Shenandoah, Poetry, Cimarron Review, Zyzzyva, and other journals. For more information, visit her website!

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