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Wind

 

at night the wind the wind will blow will bray will sweep down into into you where you are sleeping where you slept where the wind blew is now the wind is blowing into you braying your name your name it sounds like what the wind is braying has brayed is your name is pushing through the door the wall the cracks the cracks the wind has found the cracks and sweeps into them into you braying your name is it your name the wind is braying you think you hear you know you feel the door the wind is pushing through you the cracks the seams your hand has felt the wind to bite the wind the hole has teeth has teeth a mouth the wind can talk the wind can bray your name you think you hear you know the name the name is yours the wind has known has watched has waited outside the door has clapped its bones across the wall has not asked has found the cracks has found has found the seams the skin the wife the wind has found the wife the wife had slept had spoke the wind the wind can talk can speak can bray your name the sound your name makes the wind can bray the wind has teeth you saw you see the wind the wind the wife the wife the child the boy the family the house the wind the wind has found the wind has found the family inside the family inside the house the beds the chairs the cups the wind has found the family has found the cracks the seams has brayed your name inside has made you come to push the door to keep the wind the wind outside the wife inside the boy inside the wind has found has never asked the wind will sweep will sweep down into you into the cracks along the seams the wind wants inside the house the family the wife the boy the hole inside the family outside the wind the hole the wind can bray your name the wind can make you heard can make you run can run inside you inside the hole can sweep down into you braying your name can be your hands your hands your fist the wind will hiss will bray your name will make you run toward the wife the child the boy the hole the house the house the house had slept the wind won’t sleep it opens your heart and cleans and cleans it out and brays your name inside the hole and makes you run toward the wife will be your hands your hands your hands your hands the wind will be your hands you watch them claw you feel them crack around the wife the boy the wind will bray your name will cut its wants into your heart will clean it out will make it sound will bray will bray your name the wind has known your name has kissed the house the hole the wife the boy the wind has found the hole to bore itself into your heart the wind the wind the wind will be your hands will dig the wind will dig the hole the wind will be your hands and dig the hole will make you drag you drag the wind will bray your name your wife will roll the boy will roll into the wind your hands the wind will dig into the dirt and fill and fill and fill and fill and fill the wind will bray your name the wife the boy the hole the wind they sound the same the sound will bray will bore will bore a hole will cut your heart will clean it out the house the family the wife the boy the seams the cracks the hole the wind will dig the hole will bray your name will be your hands will clean themselves will clean themselves with dirt will make them glow will bray your name will dig the hole the wind will hiss you words across your head will smell from snakes the wind will run inside you will make you dig will dig the hole will find the house the family the wife the boy will dig the hole will fill it up will not ask the wind will make a nest inside the hole the family outside the wind inside your heart will clean it out will bray your name will run its tongue into the seams will make them crack will bray your name will clean you out will clean will clean you out will dig the hole will bray your name will hiss your heart will dig it deep

 

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NATHAN BLAKE's chapbook Going Home Nowhere and Fast is available from Winged City Press. He is currently an MFA student at Virginia Tech, and you can find some of his writing at www.incisorhands.com.


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