All this blue
A jay scoops to its sleeve a helping of sky.
Inside, you hardly fill the bed;
faint as a quarter of pear,
you keep yourself awake by listing
everything you remember to be blue:
cabbage, ink, snow, the birth caul
which lucked you from drowning.
Until you’re above all this blue as a gull,
idly hunting the last of your gentle hauntings.
ELLA DUFFY’s debut pamphlet New Hunger was published by Smith|Doorstop in May 2020. She is currently working on a second pamphlet which will be published by Hazel Press.