• Jolliff Seville

POETRY: INTRUSIVE



hiroyuki doi

started drawing circles

and found he couldn't stop

i know that i can’t either


to break this round, repetitive hell,

i know i must change direction -

i will my fingers to move in straighter lines,

to shuffle forwards by force


but

i don't stop

falling in and in and in

an orbit laid out for me

long before i was born


i want to know if he gets motion sickness

do we both

choke back vomit as we

revolve ceaselessly around a fixed point.


there is nothing new in a circle—

only the familiar promise:

what once was shall come again.

spinning always left across the same ground.


i will die inside this body,

you cannot let me out

it is circles

circles


circles

circles

all the ways down...


© Jolliff Seville 2020

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