out on a limb

still we travel​                   you and I ​                  through space
of trees​                  and concrete​       leaning into light.
we tell tales ​of places             ​we’ve been

for a while      ​wrapped around each other—​      limbs
you cannot see.             ​they radiate and turn into
the crowns of trees.​            they are the rest of my arms

past two.            ​they come and go​            and I forget ​
to count them every night.             ​some I lose
in the skin of this century      ​that lends me its body.

no matter how still we sit      ​we are changed by
the sheer momentum of time.       ​the acceleration
of memory.​                  the cherries on my ears

with their leaves still on.      ​a picture of us sitting
just as we were this afternoon—       ​your coffee cup
full​      next to a bowl of apricots      ​and my hands

hung​      words​      on the tree of hours.​            our past crumbling
turning to light                  ​to sticks and stones
the mind scatters ​      over      ​the fickle map of

this moment.​            re-membering.      ​not of history
owned​      like a book       ​we fear to close.
between us—​      a secret             ​we keep

covered             ​with our bodies. ​            in the morning
I find you by the feel             ​of your waking
while you wait​            for dreams ​to write

that part of you​            you leave behind.​            I walk past
the threshold.                   ​look back​                  wave
press my face into the day.            ​careful

not to unravel​            limbs ​we have touched.

 

Daniela Elza

About Daniela Elza

Daniela Elza had been published nationally and internationally in over 80 publications. She is the author of "the weight of dew" (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2012), "the book of It" (2011), and most recently "milk tooth bane bone" (Leaf Press, 2013) of which David Abram says: “Out of the ache of the present moment, Daniela Elza has crafted something spare and irresistible, an open armature for wonder."  Daniela earned her doctorate in Philosophy of Education from Simon Fraser University (Canada) and is the 2014 Writer-In-Residence at the University of the Fraser Valley.
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