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Martha Silano – With Headphones Blaring, I Devotional Warrior

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Martha Silano

 

With Headphones Blaring, I Devotional Warrior

by the sea, in the grass that is also lichens and mosses,
tiny flowers I think called blue-eyed Mary,
the boats back and forth,

and the wakes, and the waking of my mind as I unwind
from the cinching and drowning in the buttonholes
of words, in the floating experiments

of sound. Today as I began to waken, I remembered a dream,
but quickly it was gone, gone like that Dead song,
When there was no ear to hear.

Like all the dreams I have but can’t recall. Nothing’s
gonna bring them back. I even miss the one
where I return to the house

where I grew up, my mother on the front porch refusing to talk to me.
Wishing I could dream her back to the art museum
we strolled through the last time I saw her,

the Warhol of Dolly Parton, the Deborah Butterfield horse,
where we took turns posing under Louise Bourgeoise’s
“Maman” as I read to her from a placard:
 She was a monument to me.

 

 


Martha Silano has authored five poetry collections, most recently Gravity Assist (Saturnalia Books 2019). She is co-author, with Kelli Russell Agodon, of The Daily Poet: Day-by-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice. Martha’s poems are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Image, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She teaches at Bellevue College.

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