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from Moving Day

By (May 1, 2009) One Comment

The Path of Least Resistance

Freedom fighter

against satisfaction.

Suddenly in negotiations.


Thumbing through

the market peaches at noon.

Gathering pork chops and flowers,

red chili paste.

Wearing a hat like a white flag.


Divebombed again

by the garden’s piggish, guzzling bees.


I awoke in strong arms.

Assaulted by pleasure.


The “awesome” in this is silent.


I surrender.


Planting you


behind my breastbone,

walking out at 8 am

when the world smells

like maple syrup


dry cleaning.


Catalpas drop

their orchidy lips

all over

the walk


I’m just another zombie of love.


“We have pork chops

and each other.”


What are all

these trees



A little confused, is all.

Can’t keep my mind on

anything but you.

Still dreaming a half-mile after I step on the train.


“I thought you said brains.”

Them too.

I’m tuckered. Whew.

Maureen Thorson is the author of three chapbooks: “Twenty Questions for the Drunken Sailor,” (flynpyntar/dusie press 2009), “Mayport” (Poetry Society of America 2006) and “Novelty Act” (Ugly Duckling Presse 2004). She lives in Washington, D.C., where she co-curates the In Your Ear reading series at the DC Arts Center and runs Big Game Books, the tiniest press in the world.