POETRY

Precambrian

By

I knew you in the Holocene,
that eyeblink sliver;
now I'm growing back,
losing my legs, my lungs,

my spine to its last
vertebra.
The silence looms enormous
for a million years

or so, an ocean cave
mistaken for a whale. Then sleepy,
deeper time sets in —
forgetting light, relearning

sound and measuring distance.

Janelle Elyse Kihlstrom's poems have appeared in a number of literary journals and her chapbook, Blue Trajectory, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2011. She edits the online journal Melusine and holds an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She lives with her small but recently expanded family in the D.C. area.

I knew you in the Holocene,
that eyeblink sliver;
now I'm growing back,
losing my legs, my lungs,