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STRUCTURE OF PERCEPTION

STRUCTURE OF PERCEPTION

It followed that the houses

were empty

 

misshapen, as though

the builders

 

had a miscommunication

fundamental

 

with the architects

whoever was responsible

 

for seeing this through

gave up

 

I wonder about them

Did they walk

 

to the pier? Did they watch

the waves and

 

did they want to be other

than they were?

 

How specific was their desire?

Did they

 

for instance, have a name for it

like disappear,

 

or reappear, revisit, worry,

ineptitude,

 

abscond, obliterate. How to name

the thing? Looking

 

for language that fits experience

exactly.

 

Better to find it soon, to settle

on metaphor

 

The pier offers something,

extending across calm water,

its rough wood is

 

almost a boat,

almost a way to leave.

 

 

Author: Kasey Johnson
Email: kejohnson@pnwu.edu
Author Bio: Kasey Elizabeth Johnson is a third-year medical student. She is interested in the intersection of race, class, gender, mental health and addiction in literature and in healthcare education and practice. Her writing has been published in Bodega Magazine, Bone Bouquet, Corium Magazine, Paper Nautilus, Prick of the Spindle, Saranac Review, among others. She holds an MA from the University of New Mexico and a BA from Reed College.

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