This Tendency Is Now Familiar to Us: Poem by Emily Kendal Frey

This Tendency Is Now Familiar to Us

When I apologize I am asserting dominance

We define ourselves by what we believe

We cannot be

If I was stabbingly in love with being loved

I can barely remember

You are a flower

While I am the slug

Eating that flower

When love ends someone has failed

It’s real failure

A warrior in the grass

Why do we say “It didn’t work out”

That seems athletic

We should say something else

Or be cinematically quiet

Red sash on our leg

Get on and off the bus

With the world nodding at our black


A lot of mornings left brittle

A trick for the drain is boiling water

Fast results and little effort



Emily Kendal Frey is the author of the chapbooks Airport (Blue Hour, 2009), Frances (Poor Claudia, 2010), The New Planet (Mindmade Books, 2010) and the forthcoming Baguette (Cash Machine, 2013), as well as four chapbook collaborations. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she hosts The New Privacy reading series.

photo: momthebarbarian / flickr

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