Jody Azzouni


Crossing Borders

Earlier version published in The Higginsville Reader 10:3, 2000.
Added 1/17/2021
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Crossing Borders

Poem | Jody's Notes


Each rock, severe

in its borders; I (by contrast)

must watch (his chest still

moving slowly; his empty

sneaker in its mouth, the dog

slowly putting itself to sleep).


Rocks expand only slightly

(in sunlight), contract

only slightly (in winter); we

blister and burn, chill to frostbitten

meat. No climate

befriends us (no child

lasts forever).


Soon I will think clearly

again (the mourning

will be over); I will

watch boulders with

indifference (how only they

flatten belongingly

against the landscape).