handwritten

 

BY JULIE SUMNER

 Write the word
 light—
 see how your thumb
 and index finger wave
 as flashes on the surface
 of moving water,
 muscles, ligaments,
 tendons bobbing
 as the ‘i’ is dotted,
 the ‘t’ is crossed,
 and somewhere
 in the forest of nerves,
 that one particular
 strike of lightning
 spiders across
 your interior night,
 shining through every particle
 of your own
 shadowed body
 each time you
 write the word
 light.

Catalpa