High and Bright and Fine and Ice by Darcie Dennigan

High and Bright and Fine and Ice

  1. When the motorboat man asked me to love him
  2. I whispered precipice
  3. the word for the no-more-boyfriend feeling
  4. because precipice contains ice (practically twice)
  5. because I wanted teetering—
  6. What? he said
  7. Yes
  8. His ears from the engines—so hard of hearing—his hands always so hot
  9. Mid our first winter—I’d clung so long to the dock
  10. he had to crowbar my fingers off
  11. Each digit cracked so cleanly
  12. Would you say they break like icicles? I asked sweetly
  13. I knew I was nothing! But if I could sustain one song—
  14. I is, I is, I is I is I is
  15. I could be: ice
  16. Sex on the bathroom’s cold marble counter was best
  17. I whispered statuette, monument
  18. What? he, sculpting my legs, said
  19. Yes
  20. The child? I named her Cecily
  21. It sounded like iced lily
  22. For pure, I said pristine
  23. At the ocean, I said brine
  24. Isle for vacation; for flowers, edelweiss
  25. But when I said (only of late, late!) I choose ice
  26. Brittle pearls broke behind my syllables
  27. Did he hear me?
  28. Again, twice, thrice:
  29. For my love
  30. we would need to live
  31. in a great pyramid
  32. We would need to sleep
  33. beneath the continental shelf
  34. with Antarctic crust blanketing us
  35. The only driveway to any kind of house
  36. is an iceberg-ridden Northwest Passage
  37. When I whispered universe
  38. you were to translate it as
  39. one bright line
  40. one bright rime
About the Author

Darcie Dennigan is the author of Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse (Fordham U. Press). She lives outside of Providence.