A Poem by Jessica Goodfellow

Unholy Triptych



here is my faith

here is my reason

one bucket with a hole in it

one without a handle


how to carry my life

to where it needs to go

without losing anything


not memory

not hope


here is my feeling

here is my thinking

one a barbed wire basilica

one a papier-mâché pagoda


in the rain

one rusts

the other melts

homeless is my lucidity

roofless is my light



dear credo

dear cranium


here is my reason

here is my faith


someone says

shadow box

and one thinks: diorama, an

entire tiny world

the other:

to practice punching at nothing



Jessica Goodfellow’s books are Whiteout, Mendeleev’s Mandala, and The Insomniac’s Weather Report. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Verse Daily, Motionpoems, and on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac.

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