<i><b>Wicked Alice Poetry Journal
wicked alice| winter 2009

 

Chella Courington


Insomnia

 

You know me well  strolling streets to be with people without

being with people. You ask for one dollar. One dollar.

 

What if I only have a twenty? Can I owe you for tonight?

Your eyes  bloodshot like mine  bags holding them up.

 

Johnson roamed London midnight to sunrise. Couldnít bear

the garret  stacked in leaves of words  worked  reworked 

 

amanuenses oblivious to stale air  to his rambling Fleet.

My rambling State  slipping in my skin  bleak above cement.

 

Days disintegrate unseen  except by you grave lady  reaching for me 

singing a hymn my mother sang  When nothing else would help

 

love lifted me. Iím not him: I canít take you home. But Iíll leave you

this bill & all the change in my pocket.

 

 







Chella Courington is an MFA student at New England College and a recipient of the Jimmy Santiago Baca scholarship. Her poetry has appeared this year in Prism Review, Touchstone, SUB-LIT, Dark Sky Magazine, and Studio.