Massage Post Pandemic

by Jane Ebihara

this body no longer
barren limbs
reaching from shore
or even the motionless bank gloried
now in wild mustard weed
yellow as dawn

this body is liquid 
running over sun-hot stone

carrying what breathes
the trout    the tadpole    the eel
cradling what floats and drifts

life     in motion as
before the drought

this body remembers
the brush of the fisherman’s line
the swallows dipping
the rain tapping
the touching  
the  touch

Jane Ebihara is the author of two poetry chapbooks, A Little Piece of Mourningand, A Reminder of Hunger and Wings. She lives in rural Northern New Jersey where fields and fish and fowl abound. Bob McNeil, writer, editor, cartoonist, and spoken word artist, is the author of Verses of Realness. Hal Sirowitz, a Queens Poet Laureate, called the book “A fantastic trip through the mind of a poet who doesn’t flinch at the truth.” Among Bob’s recent accomplishments, he found working on Lyrics of Mature Hearts to be a humbling experience because of the anthology’s talented contributors. Copies of that collection are available here.