June 16, 2015 at 08:38AM on Facebook

“I brought what I knew about the world to my daily life
and it failed me. I brought senseless accidents
and a depravity sprung inside the jaw.
Also I brought what I had learned of love,
an air of swift entrance and exit, a belief in trouble
and desire. It will amount to something
I was told, and I was told to hold fast to decency,
to be spotlit and confident. I was told
next year’s words await another voice.”
I don’t often read someone else’s poem and go, “Man, I wish I’d written that!” but this is one of those times. Damn, Joanna Klink. You’re good.
Poetry Daily: Elemental, by Joanna Klink