James Diaz: “Lake Origin”

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Lake Origin 

We all have our processes of abandon
Shake a leg
They say
Get a move on
whatever it is
Waiting for us tonight
Can’t be good if it’s a thing you have to rush to
We all have our slow arrivals

Tenderness was a word my mother never used
You couldn’t frighten a boy with tenderness
Could not break a bone with a word
Way you could with something solid

Hit me, my father says
To a man in the deep dark of a trailer
His arm tied off
And ready for a taste of God

Are you ready yet
We’ve a ways to go
Before you can tell the story differently
It’ll take some doing
Rough haul, this

There is no way to know
The weight of what you carry
Until you set it down.

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About the Author: James Diaz is the author of This Someone I Call Stranger (Indolent Books, 2018) and All Things Beautiful Are Bent (Alien Buddha Press, 2021,) as well as the founding Editor of Anti-Heroin Chic. Their work has appeared most recently in Cobra Milk Mag, Bear Creek Gazette, Negative Capability Press, Line Rider Press and Resurrection Mag

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Image Credit: Frank Jay Haynes, “Prismatic Lake” (1881–1889) Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.