Sleeping Beauty By Noelle Kocot


Artwork courtesy of Yuliya Lanina.

Artwork courtesy of Yuliya Lanina.

                    Looking out from the visible, an empathic
                    Rain beats down like nails. Ambiguities
                    Force their wonders unto us, and a fictive
                    Decision is made. Sleep now, you are a

                    Relic, as the movements of a sunset resemble
                    That peace that enriches the waters. Brooding
                    & curious, hold yourself inside a burning hem.
                    Make no mistake about the heart on the lake,

                    Make no mistake about surface and luxuries.
                    Your lithesome body branches in the night,
                    And you are gowned with thyme. The fish that
                    Swim unlit by the strawberry moon are austere,

                    But you trip up those stairs like branches in
                    The sky. By tallow light, I greet you specifically.


Noelle Kocot is the author of Soul in Space (Wave Books, 2013). She teaches at The New School and lives in New Jersey.