by Tyler Chadwick

…because she was barren…
—Genesis 25:21

come Sarah Rebekah
Rachel come come
multiply come
desire design conflate conceive divine divide
at the body’s uncertain repast
come eat come
replenish come wounded blood-let weary

come desire design conflate conceive divine divide
come forget forgotten
forsaken
God forget-me-not
come replenish come wounded blood-let weary
undone fallen
trailing crimson promise
come to laughter to
forget
forgotten
forsaken God forget-me-not
my wilderness-deep appetite
undone fallen trailing crimson promise
come to laughter to
laugh to pray to bleed to birth to verb to come to

wilderness-deep appetite to
the body’s uncertain repast come eat
come
laugh pray bleed birth verb
come
multiply come


TYLER CHADWICK, an award-winning poet, essayist, editor, and teacher, received his MA in English from National University in San Diego, California and his PhD in English and the Teaching of English from Idaho State. He lives in Ogden, Utah, with his wife, Jess, and their four daughters and teaches writing at Weber State.


Photo: “Crimson muse” by CH