after Linda Pastan
Darling, you are an egg. There is no in, there is no
out. The germ of you remains embraced. To free
you would be to break you, to spread you over the
black face of a heat, to eat you. Then you would
travel through me, through throat and entrails
to earth—to the body of the earth, becoming
more than you’ve ever seen, more
than you’ve ever known.
First published in Salamander, and most recently in The Dear Remote Nearness of You (Barrow Street Press, 2016)
Danielle Legros Georges was born in Haiti and raised in the United States. She received a BA from Emerson College in Boston and an MFA in poetry from New York University. She is the author of two poetry collections: The Dear Remote Nearness of You (Barrow Street Press, 2016), winner of the New England Poetry Club’s 2016 Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize, and Maroon (Curbstone Books, 2001). She has received fellowships from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Boston Foundation, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In 2014 Legros Georges was chosen as Boston’s second poet laureate. She is a professor at Lesley University and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.