Poetry: On the Nature and Treatment of Wonder by Barbara Lock

Collage by Barbara Lock

Be like milk for babes,
like mink for traps—
why can’t you be like kept
withholding your light
your pure, clean, tight self
balled up in my neck?s—
is what he asked before she jumped
out of his mouth, content
to die without sour-faced,
practical surrender.

Barbara Lock is a writer, editor, teacher, and physician. She teaches Narrative Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and edits prose at Variant Literature Journal. Her most recent publications appear in Westchester Review, X-R-A-Y Lit, and juked. She tweets @medpie1. There’s more about her at barbaralock.com.

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