Poetry from J.D. DeHart


My name is not
the hollow where I ran, brushing
past leaves, leaping away
from hornet nests, collecting
thick husks and seed pods
My name is not
the echo of a gunshot
across observing mountains,
or the cut of a trail through
thick undergrowth, looking
for wild signs
All of these elements
comprise my story, compose
my mind, but none of them
name me completely.


Restless, she roamed
the streets and night, crooning
about ex-lovers, holding
on to fragments of memory,
half-remembered faces, names
that no longer held meaning,
floating like party favors
drawing her back down to earth
with the promise of a history

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