Most things are not the end
Of the world. You know this.
But on this day
You can’t hold the world’s atoms together
Not with the muscles of your mouth
Still making the shape
Of the last thing you said to him.
Not with blood under fingernails
From hanging too long
Like a gymnast spinning a slow koan
The last person you loved
Was an avalanche, dear
To you once in a way
That flattened the landscape.
Where does love go after
You press it into the ground
With a face full of blood and
vomit in its hair?
It would not be the first thing
Ever to rise from the dead.
You’ve done it yourself more than once,
Taught yourself how to die and come back
Without anyone knowing.
Jenny’s work has been featured in 24Mag, Wild River Review, Poetic Voices, and in Philadelphia’s Writing Aloud series. Jenny also received recognition from the Academy of American Poets and NPR’s Young Poets Series.