The Problem With Being a Box Too Small for Its Contents

Lucia Misch

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Love, you ask too many questions.

Let’s agree: we are whole

                                                                 —John Thompson, “Ghazal II”


I take apart the watch

you left here

a thousand times each day.

It does not help me

understand time.


I press our mirrors together

as if I could pin the infinite

but the glass

will not be rasped

back to sand.


I try to sift

the love from grief

the grief from love

and only succeed

in splitting my own atom.


Still, my body refuses to part with me

insists that we are an ever-changing entirety

declines to debate me on this fact


as I twist and spit

mind scalpelling

itself to bits

a vivisectionist bent

over a strapped animal


              find peace

              find peace

as she works.


And indivisible

under her knife

the reply:


there is no love

without the first love


one’s own

lost love


may you rejoin yourselves


may you survive

even when you don’t want to.

Lucia Misch, "THE PROBLEM WITH BEING A BOX TOO SMALL FOR ITS CONTENTS" from The Problem With Solitaire. Copyright © 2020 by Lucia Misch. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
Source: The Problem with Solitaire (Write Bloody North, 2020)