First, massage lavender oil
onto each temple, then notice
the wine glass on the kitchen table,
empty now of all meaning.
Feel energy flowing through muscle and bone;
focus your intention.
Now close both eyes.
The candle will slowly burn down into itself.
Cypress will charge the air.
Now blink twice.
A school bus levitates off the ground
Spoons melt inside a porcelain cup.
Mountains will quake at the magnitude
of such power.
But there’s so much more, isn’t there?
that I have to move.
Memory is a wicked thing.
Lois Roma-Deeley’s fourth poetry collection The Short List of Certainties won the Jacopone da Todi Book Prize (2017). Her previous collections are: Rules of Hunger, northSight and High Notes- a Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. Her work is featured in numerous anthologies and journals. Currently she is an Associate Editor of Presence. www.loisroma-deeley.com