Ghazal for Carolina

Amelia Edelman

Love landed on me again
I'm my own abductee again

shaped like a girl with a plan:
to lose useless memory again

side by side our feeble shields
start to knock knee to knee again

eyeing the oil on the road
sun at a certain degree again

blankets & blank bashfulness
siphoning vitamin D again

too pyretic to touch
ameliorated & free again


uninvited but beckoned
breathing lungs empty again

warp & weft we'd woven & worn
all fall, a carpenter bee again

seeking the seaside to hide
shrieks a shy banshee again

tiptoeing painfully slow
west to Tennessee again

bronzing beside me:
she again, no guarantee again

out to sea again







Amelia Edelman's poetry has appeared in/on Quail Bell MagazineSo To Speak JournalThe Arts Politic Magazine, and First Time. She has written for Refinery29, Thought Catalog, xoJane, Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen, The Fix, and others. She is a graduate of Vassar College (BA) and New York University (MA) and has also studied at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Amelia is from the Bronx and Connecticut and currently lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

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