Two Poems

by Jill Talbot

Jill Talbot attended Simon Fraser University for psychology before pursing her passion for writing. Jill has appeared in Geist, Rattle, and subTerrain and was shortlisted for the Matrix Lit Pop Award in 2015 and the Malahat Far Horizons Award in 2016. Jill lives on Gabriola Island, BC.

A Towel’s Life

The man comes in,
washes his face, brushes
his teeth. The woman

comes in and goes
to the bathroom—
it took awhile
to work up to this.

He looks in the mirror
as if he’s meeting himself
for the first time.
She throws a towel,
he chases her to bed.
I lie on the rack.

Her mother calls. He watches
too much TV. Their kids
hate them.

They get new towels. I end up
in an apartment. The image
is much less hopeful. He hits,
she cries. The dog runs away.

They get new towels—new
or previously loved or whatever
your favoured euphemism.

I become
a bird’s nest.

They fight
over seeds.

 

Ontology of Dreams

Horses: sex.
Crows: smarts.
Tears: you’re in the wrong town.
French love notes: the wrong country.
Churches: you’re an imposter.
Miniature horses: failure.
Record players: you’re older than you claim.
Soldiers: retirement.

Alcohol: social anxiety.
Social anxiety: infidelity.
Tomb stones: a storm is coming.
Storms: call your mother.

High school reunions: the past is a coming.
Stories: religion has failed.
Classrooms: the war is over.
Guns: start at the beginning.

 


Jill Talbot attended Simon Fraser University for psychology before pursing her passion for writing. Jill has appeared in Geist, Rattle, and subTerrain and was shortlisted for the Matrix Lit Pop Award in 2015 and the Malahat Far Horizons Award in 2016. Jill lives on Gabriola Island, BC.

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