Saturday, June 29, 2013

From the Empirical Archives: Voices II by Carol V. Davis

Voices II
Carol V. Davis
Originally published in the December 2012 issue of Empirical

It didn’t matter
whether we believed her or not

the dead kept on speaking:
whom to trust
who would betray her

After the voices stopped whispering
they took to the airwaves but only she could decipher
the code

the way a scientist sequences
genes while the rest of us only see floating quotation marks

I never knew why I landed in her column of dependables
was slightly offended as if I were not as
dangerous as I like to think

the last time I saw her she was
digging up her garden

all that beautiful dying

black tulips tossed on a pile
two-toned narcissus yanked by the stems

purity she wanted a native garden
spiked succulents to shield her
salvia to keep the fires at bay

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