The Map of Deep
First we re-named the four directions stitch,
garlic, shy and dream. I live in stitch, and thread
my voice across wires, cables, space, the moons
in my fingernails shine and wax full
over this landscape made up of secrets, sinkholes,
caves and underground streams, seasonal
as ash trees. Meet me here, you texted, roadsides blown
with chicory, goldenrod, owls you’ll never see
and hawks you will, wheeling above the swooping
murmurations of starlings, bees that are angry
and hungry and dying, crawling into the last asters.
You took a picture to show me, but no map can capture,
no picture offer the smoke from chimneys spinning out
into October’s blue. If there is any lesson here,
it is wheel and turn and wave, incessant yearn
and tumble, the earth spinning out from under, ever.
Sarah Sadie’s chapbook, Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanes was published by Five Oaks Press in 2015 and a second full length collection, We Are Traveling Through Dark at Tremendous Speeds, is due out in spring 2016 from LitFest Press. She teaches online at the Loft and in person at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and works with poets one on one. When she’s not doing those things she’s probably off seeking endarkenment or driving her kids to music lessons. Find her multimedia blog at sarahsadiesadiesarah.tumblr.com. @sarahsadie1313
Leslie LaChance edits Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration, has curated The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications and written poetry reviews for Stirring: A Literary Collection. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, and her chapbook, How She Got That Way, was published in the quartet volume Mend & Hone by Toadlily Press in 2013. She teaches literature and writing at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee, and if she is not teaching, writing, or editing, she has probably just gone to make some more espresso.