Jasmin Ziegler

Consolation Prize

I need a vacation using only my body as suitcase

maybe get a colonic so I can re-pack it

full of more shit           I understand the desire

for ambiguously categorized things

the muted monitoring of the flesh

like the ferryman that has a soft eye

for the wandering ascetic     I can barely

sit through another summer’s dirty feet or

the pastel fiction of a picture

in the doctor’s office          I can’t stand the cold

either those glacial drifts drink blood a terrible fact

but there is more clarity in the light at the end

of one day than            in all the summer’s sun

 

 

 

 

Jasmin-Ziegler-Dream-Pop-PressJasmin Ziegler graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She currently teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Her work appears in Whiskey Island and Poetry City, USA. She recently was selected as one of the 2017-2018 fellows of the Loft Mentor Series in Poetry. She lives in South Minneapolis with her partner and their son.