Blue Bunches  Jessica Wohl 2014 Napkins, pillowcases, shirts underwear, faux fur, synthetic hair, embroidery and machine quilting 29 x 29 inches

Blue Bunches
Jessica Wohl
2014
Napkins, pillowcases, shirts underwear, faux fur, synthetic hair, embroidery and machine quilting
29 x 29 inches

FISAYO ADEYEYE

Photo|Graph

Photo | Graph

 

The weight of his burnt body, hefted

over one of my knotted shoulders.

Like the mouth wedded to a fist,

the morning-gown a long drench

of sweat and weeds. How he came

out this water unhinged and unwinged

and misremembered. His name Icarus.

His face, still sun-kissed. Still dark

as olive. As oiled drumhead, still

beat in. Body blackened. Ocean

turned wax-river. Turned me

into believer. How most photos

can’t capture how his wings

back and fold. All power. No

aviation. Just the magic of muscle

pulling muscle. How one day sky

tumbled against hymn. Wrapped

hymn like a blanket, or a tourniquet,

something to hold my blood back

inside. How one day boy tumbled

from the sky and the way his wings

cut white lines into the sunlight

looked so beautiful, I prayed

but my prayer only stretched to hymn.

 


blckfsh / bird enthusiast / benign boy / fisayo adeyeye has works published in souvenir lit journal / nailed magazine / the birds we piled loosely / and he is the author of cradles (nomadic press 2017)