Poetry Collaboration #1

In collaboration with Photographer Chuck Shotwell.

I found the biggest being—

Although not human, living—

With the most impressive presence—

Although not mobile, moving—

Having forever reached for everything

Beyond itself,

Forever spurred by budding hope,

Forever seasoned by dropped promises,

And I felt its heart—

Although not beating, beaten—

And I cut off its arm—

Although not defending, defeated—

And I collected its warm, dry bloodlessness in a tidy pile,

And having forever plucked it of its embrace,

I offered my own

For you.

Poetry Collaboration #2