I make of the small myths


          a pill
    caught in my throat
          God frisks me     labor
lunges for the pond     where houses in water
           host faces, a bottom
      (up)     my chance
                    to pretend fingers
attach at both ends to a hand
              instead of salvaged
                    touch like     (lost
                                           in air)
           the pond
      washes even
                    the fingernails of sun

Dennis James Sweeney is the author of In the Antarctic Circle (Autumn House Press, 2021) and You're the Woods Too (Essay Press, forthcoming in 2022). He has an MFA from Oregon State University and a PhD from University of Denver. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.