Artwork © Judson K. Evans

 

My baby socks

I tug
a soft thing that does not
want to get to my mouth, and snugs
around another thing, which is
like my hand, plumped,
but its fingers are round and short.
All must surrender
to my will, and the fingery
thing pushes the soft
to my hands
and to my mouth,
like I want.

I note
the soft thing is a sock,
and the sock is mine.
The thing that does what I want,
is a foot, and the foot is a piece
of myself and outside
is all the rest I want
to know. Cold and bare, I am,
newborn or grownup, so

I want
a new thing
all the time, an enigma
out of my grasp, I grow
out of them or they wear
out like socks, and I get bored
and more I need to touch
and tug to satisfy my inner
baby’s instincts
to inspect the unnamed
mysteries and harness
the untamed elements
without which
life feels lackluster
as if I senesce.

 

Anna J Jasinska is a biologist specializing in molecular genetics (M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, Ph.D. in Chemistry). She uses poetry to explore the potential and driving forces of human life, and the emotions of discoveries. She likes to use the fable or folk tale form for telling her stories. She is located in Westwood, Los Angeles.

Judson Evans is a full-time Instructor in the Liberal Arts department at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he has taught a range of courses, from a Poetry Workshop on haiku, prose poetry and haibun, to a course on theories of cave art and the role of the cave in ritual and philosophy. In 2007 he was chosen by John Yau as an Emerging Poet for The Academy of American Poets. He was one of the founding members of Off the Park Press, and published work in each of its three anthologies responding to provocative contemporary painters. His most recent work has been published in (print journals) Laurel Review, Folio, Volt; 1913: a journal of forms; and Green Mountains Review, and (online journals) White Whale Review and Amethyst Arsenic. He won The Phillip Booth Poetry Award from Salt Hill Review in 2013. He has collaborated with composers, such Mohammed Fairouz, Mart Epstein, and Rudolf Rojhan, who set several of his poems to music, as well as with choreographers, dancers, musicians and other poets, including Gale Batchelder, and videographers Nate Tucker and Ray Klimek. His poetry collection with Gale Batchelder, Chalk Song, is forthcoming.