2013 Marvyne Jenoff
Marvyne Jenoff’s books of poetry and experimental fiction have been published by Canadian literary presses and more recently by her own small company, Twoffish Press. Her writing has appeared in anthologies and literary magazines. Also a visual artist working in photography and watermedia, she lives in theToronto area. www.marvynejenoff.com
This poem was published in Seek It: Writers and Artists Do Sleep, the new anthology by Red Claw Press, November 2012.
(at the Royal Ontario Museum)
How sleep loves bones:
nightly she tends Tyrannosaurus,
comforts through the thundering seasons of its life
and in its death holds deep its darkening bones.
Discovery, slow dynamite, brings into light those bones
and Latin-names them, leaches them of data,
resurrects them into this skeleton above us balanced,
skull posed downward toward a whiff of prey.
Parched spaces pattern the dark bones
exposed against the white geometry of windows,
where stark light through years of days would bleach them.
Is this the end, the static heaven of a sunny day?
Or does the huge head nod?
Is this instead a solstice, one attenuated day
which sleep now coaxes toward an eon of descent?
Is there a greater cycle bearing us round,
bones, data and discoverers, into another dark
where sleep and love are one?