Iowa Writes

S.M. KOSCH
Pity the Bed Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form
-After Matthea Harvey


1.
Pity the bed like a bathtub a solid
place to embrace and lie naked shiver
under the sheets like cornstalks on the highway
pity the bed like a bathtub a solid
tie of the form to  frame squirming helpless
forcing fake tears poor baby desires
pity The bed like a bathtub a solid
place to embrace and lie naked shiver

2.
Pity the mattress on the dusty floor
dream of falling and brace against the snap
the body sags downward like old fruit they
pity the mattress on the dusty floor
embrace the edge to remember where it
stops and embrace themselves to remember it's
pity The mattress on the dusty floor
dream of falling brace against the snap

3.
Pity the sheets like a knotted shoe lace
tied too tight for fingers to undo it
scissors leave the strings to fray to curl to
pity the sheets like a knotted shoe lace
bleach will clean the patch they see but inside
tangled coils is gray smoke salt the smell of
pity The sheets like a knotted shoe lace
tied too tight for fingers to undo it.

4.
Pity the grief of little girls hiding
beneath the bed facedown breathing carpet
dressed in mommy's white heels and wicker hats
pity the grief of little girls hiding
and counting one hundred and five five
hundred times over waiting waiting for
pity The grief of little girls hiding
beneath the bed facedown breathing carpet.

About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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S.M. KOSCH

Sarah Kosch is a senior English and Creative Writing major at the University of Iowa who likes words a lot and drinks an obscene amount of coffee.

This piece originally appeared in earthwords, Volume 31.

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on November 18, 2011

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