Emily Paige Wilson's debut chapbook I'll Build Us a Home is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has been nominated for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and two Pushcart Prizes. Her work can be found in The Adroit Journal, Hayden's Ferry Review, PANK, and Thrush, among others. She lives in Wilmington, NC, where she received her MFA from UNCW, and works as an English adjunct.

Previously in Glass: A Journal of Poetry: Etymology of a Body

Emily Paige Wilson

Love Poem for a Dry Spell

Blush me a humble hydrangea shade of pink. Your lilypad heart lapping. How the skirts of trust rustle, edge my waist in hungry red welts. What can we find to sacrifice to the goddess who severed her tongue so that humans could harvest this art of dance, even as it damages the high marrow of their hip bones? I want our bodies to be difficult to explain: like the shape smoke takes, its slow ghostly groping. Or like a lapse of memory — scent of eucalyptus after rain.

This piece was an exercise in challenging the monotony that sometimes accompanies domestic life. As my boyfriend and I were driving to the beach one afternoon, we passed a front yard lined with hydrangeas. I began to think about how much fun "hydrangea" was to say. It occurred to me, once we made it to the beach and sat listening to the waves, that one way to break through the mundane and monotonous is to lean into the sensuous. I wanted to focus on sound, to use assonance and consonance as a means to access the sensual, as a way to see freshly the things with which I had grown too comfortable.

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