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Natalie Wee

20 Jan Natalie Wee

A BRIEF HISTORY
OF FLIGHT

 

 

It is known that nothing
is wanted
the way the unknown
is wanted.

 

Scarcity is the first
ingredient of beauty.
For me tenderness
was religion

 

so close to heaven
it was untouchable
Prayers in subways
halls and streets

 

like solitude
was only a ghost
awaiting exorcism.

 

I thought everything
was a stairway to
some promised land.
Fingers learning

 

scripture of newfound
bodies, mouth
drinking holy
water to stem some

 

impossible thirst
even angels
could not satisfy.
Until I learned

 

the path of flight
required only
one body at a time.

 

Which is to say
I spent so long
trying to be held

 

I forgot how
to hold myself.

 


Natalie Wee is the author of OUR BODIES & OTHER FINE MACHINES (Words Dance Publishing, 2016) and ONCE IN A BLUE MOON (BookThug, 2018). She is the Associate Fiction Editor at Broken Pencil Magazine. In 2016 she was nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology as well as a Pushcart Prize. Her first book is now available at http://natalieweepoetry.com.

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