to breathe in my mother’s music I learned to push even columns into the flute Sarabandes Minuets Gigues danced & paused danced to breathe inseparable I dreamed her dream until I didn’t and left on virtual boardwalks toward a ridged horizon I click like & sigh: trees cloister my view here, my heart for distance from my mother’s ear for sound and cadence I learned to love our language left it to breathe in another I push through chlorinated water, pass a hair and leaves push, reach push— the sun above an incandescent net below astir ____
Burgi Zenhaeusern (she/her) is the author of the chapbook Behind Normalcy (CityLit Press, 2020), winner of the Harriss Poetry Prize. She co-edited the translations of the poetry anthology Knocking on the Door of the White House (Zozobra Publishing, 2017, J. Ballesteros et al. editor). Her poems appear in Seneca Review, Diagram, Oversound, and elsewhere. Find her at https://burgizenhaeusern.com/ and on twitter @burgi323.