Sarah D. Lawson
Why I Take Baths in Lightning Storms
After Frida Kahlo’s ‘What the Water Gave Me’
By Sarah D. Lawson
It is hard to know how much time has passed
inside this well. There is no minute
hand, only palms and the pruning, the nails
peeling away from their fingers
like old paint-
the love lost on the ocean floor
the flowers you left in the water by my bed-
each bloom, the happiest little death.
These are the pieces of me the water gives back.
Every molecule every thorn every dead
skin cell shedding a new opening.
sadness is its own kind of submersion,
a harborless ship.
Inside it, I think of the volcano with its fiery mouth
cemented shut. The bones still holding
their earthly shape. The bodiced dress, auburn, never worn
How I wish to bundle the all of these moments together,
for the drain to swallow them whole and ship them out
to someone else’s ocean.
For the storm outside to make my heart
its conductor, to pin me down
with a single electric kiss.
Sarah works with the after-school poetry club at the Madeira School, an all girls boarding school in McLean, VA, and coached them to second place in DC's Louder Than A Bomb Teen Poetry competition!
Sarah D. Lawson is the founder and curator of the Beltway Poetry Slam, a monthly reading series. She is a regular open mic host at the esteemed Busboys & Poets Restaurant in DC and was a member of the Jenny McKean Moore Writing Workshop in poetry at the George Washington University. Sarah works with the after-school poetry club at the Madeira School, an all girls boarding school in McLean, VA, and coached them to second place in DC’s Louder Than A Bomb Teen Poetry competition. She was also a member of DC’s Team Treat Yo Self, which ranked 5th at the 2012 Southern Fried Poetry Slam. She lives for strong coffee and good hugs.
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