Friday, March 9, 2018

Heavy by Hieu Minh Nguyen


Heavy
 
The narrow clearing down to the river
I walk alone, out of breath
 
my body catching on each branch.
Small children maneuver around me.
 
Often, I want to return to my old body
a body I also hated, but hate less
 
given knowledge.
Sometimes my friends—my friends
 
who are always beautiful & heartbroken
look at me like they know
 
I will die before them.
I think the life I want
 
is the life I have, but how can I be sure?
There are days when I give up on my body
 
but not the world. I am alive.
I know this. Alive now
 
to see the world, to see the river
rupture everything with its light.
  
 

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