Fresh Lettuce

between blue and yellow
in indifference

a detached sense
draws me without self

not selfless—what I couldn’t help
under care or neglected

is what I would help
in you

both primaries
tuck into my head

a head of living paper
and these folds warp

into your interior clothes,
a dress whose materials give what they are

their power
if that is the word for this

force, this force that
moves through us

like a sickle
even as we stand not talking

together, then we’ll be more
attentive in the future

Jake Fournier is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Chicago, where he studies the interplay of abolition rhetoric and the poetry of the American Renaissance. His work has appeared most recently in Lana Turner and Partisan Hotel.