how to be firm with his body,
but to yield for his spirit,
give me something to carry home
long after morning when he’s risen,
once you’ve sprung back & forgotten
his shape, his weight,
how much to give to hold him."
From Pepper Girl by Jonterri Gadson, reviewed by Joelle Biele at The Rumpus.
"In “Virginia Baptist,” a hospital bed becomes a symbol of stability and flexibility while the speaker’s child is in a hospital psychiatric ward."