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no reason to get up but get up

by Yvonne Morris |

I’ve been reading the pretty, suicidal poets—

hallowed and hollowed, richly bred for pain—

Anne and Sylvia shared a New York taxi in the rain,

discussed therapy and where they’d left their latest lipstick stains.

On a Sunday in January, I can’t leave the gas running freely

in the kitchen, I’ve only got cats as hungry as fleas—

in the garage, four wheels await escape from a dusty TV.

You see, I’m in awe of those women whose fine hands loaded

their pockets with stones, who staggered in the sun,

whose blue veins were exposed

because I’m only green willow, vine and shoot—alive.

No taste in my mouth compares to the sweetness of berries.

My heart doesn’t break with a thought, an awareness,

as fatal as some fairytales would end.

I’ll pick up some ice cream instead.

So I struggle into my jacket and out the door,

choosing to leave regrets—like the bed—unmade,

slipping by the black dog that drags its chain.

"No Reason to Get Up but Get Up" was published previously in Mother Was a Sweater Girl (The Heartland Review Press, 2016) and The Lake (Sept. 2019)

| Yvonne Morris's poetry and fiction have been published in a variety of journals and zines. Her current chapbook is Busy Being Eve (Bass Clef Books, 2022).

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