Today's poem is by Sheila McMullin
Bad Woman, lineal question variation
When I sleep you are in the scene.
You are white light behind the scene.
You have always been me
and I ask a different question about love.
Through the corners I exist as object
of direction, as disembodied perspective.
You were involved in my birth
though I do not know your name,
I did not know you knew my name.
I am a daughter oflineage.
Stitch patches of water along me.
Bloom a ginger flower.
The green ginger root wrapped in plastic
is only doing what it has done before.
I put the ginger flower into my mouth.
Orchards bloom inside me.
Copyright © 2017 Sheila McMullin All rights reserved
The Cleveland State University Poetry Center
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