Everything Has a Reason

Summer, 2011 / No. 26

but nothing conforms

to the reason it has.

Think of a baseball skinned

and nailed to a post

as a warning

to the unwelcome few.

Think of a leather belt.

You have knitted my mouth

at the lip. Your clacking needles

and goat-hair wool.

You promised a scarf.

I will sing with words half-formed.

My breath will be an anguish to your ear.

I will eat through the tips of my fingers.

Peter Norman lives in Bloorcourt. His first book of poetry, At the Gates of the Theme Park, was published in 2010 by Mansfield. Douglas & McIntyre will publish his debut novel, Emberton, in 2011. Last updated summer, 2011.