by Leah Umansky

A friend says, you are so good at showing your love.

           It seems harmless,

but feels like a forecast,

           like soil that needs to be tilled.


She says, you are so good at showing your love,

           but I, I have to say

it also feels like a heart drowned,

           or an army of sinking ships.


I ask the world for what I want;

           I spin myself willing narratives.

If I could throw a shade over the heart,

           I would.

It would be easier

           (it would)

to love


Leah Umansky is the author of The Barbarous Century (Eyewear 2018), among others. She earned her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and is the curator and host of The COUPLET Reading Series in NYC. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as POETRY, Guernica, The Bennington Review, The New York Times, Pleiades, and Glass: a journal of poetry. She is #teamkhaleesi & #teambernard. More at www.leahumansky.com

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