Darcie Friesen Hossack (Canada)

Darcie Friesen Hossack (Canada)
Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers in Toronto, Canada. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and others. She is the managing editor of WordCity Monthly and is currently finishing a novel.
we walked along the riverbed
turned over the bleached bones of
washed down trees
ideas we had when
I thought I knew you
seed heads of anemones
picked up with wind-
swept sand that
scours our eyes until
scales fall away
we used to talk
on the swing on your porch
while hummingbirds perched to
sit and
sip nectar from a jar
we are the hands and the feet
you said, and picked up a stone
to throw in the river,
where it rippled the surface
and sank
you offered me dates from the bank of
another place, where
people have been replaced by trees
this is my body
it was broken by you
with sticks and stones
when bread from your table
is all that I asked
this is my body
it was broken by you
by words of Messiah,
sharpened like arrows, and
shot from your door with a bow
this is my body
it was broken by you
taken behind your wall
beaten, battered
and sent back as a warning
but planted, instead, as a flag
they say the pandemic is causing us to dream
and last night I dreamed of you
your still-fatted skin spread out on my floor
where I could touch you one last time
I stripped, got down on my knees and crawled
until we were hands to hands,
thighs to thighs,
face to face.
before I woke, I zipped you up behind me

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