Floating in Alaska

2016, southeast Alaska


killing time

Sundays at the Monteleon
she tells me about Tarzan
1957 – she met the oldest living one
later at the Absinthe House she met another
based on this, she is convinced
all actors who portray Tarzan are nice men
in the background, a banjo player
singing like Satchmo
a clarinet player
a stand up bass


Eunoia Review

Some cheer for chained melodies
while the music of the spheres echoes
like rain on the surface of water;

it booms like whale songs
traveling thousands of miles in that medium.
Your limbs struggle, but your voice flies.

Sound travels four times faster in water than in air,
still so much slower than light,
yet fast enough to get here in time

to let me know you’re gone.
You breathed in the fluid verses
that strengthened you and drowned me.

Jacqueline M. Pérez writes, argues, takes photographs, and digs in the dirt in the southeastern US. She has been published in The Brasilia Review, tNY Press’s Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature, and the Belleville Park Pages. She writes at http://gnathic.weebly.com.

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