The Density of Yarn

by Anastasia Jill

My dog is a nihilist,

straight up savage,

complacent enough

to stick pushpins in the ground.

He knows earth is hollow

just like his holes are hollow

and the promise of bones and

squirrel fodder is biblical,

mystic – mythic.

There is nothing here for him,

so we sit and make a tapestry,

stand up,

let it flow, but

it’s so heavy.

I am so weak

and dogs don’t have thumbs.

He barks at me, stubborn.

Thumbs are a myth –

We weave chaos,

making yarn from dirt

and nothing.

Anastasia Jill (Anna Keeler) is a queer poet and fiction writer living in the southern United States. She is a current editor for the Smaeralit Anthology. Her work has been published or is upcoming with Poets.org, Cleaver Magazine, FIVE:2:ONE, Ambit Magazine, Drunk Monkeys, Hawai'i Pacific Review, The Laurel Review: Fearsome Critters, and more.

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February 2018

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