Between Landscapes

landscape must be walked
into like entering a painting
 
gulped with ravenous teeth
gnawed with slow bites
 
must bite your back
on certain nights
 
horizons must be scanned
until you trust what surrounds
 
until you believe you are related
and know the same stories
 
then when you leave it
sorrow comes as sleep with no bed
 
an alienness      the start over
until you walk into the paint
 
the swallowing      the bites
the wait until landscape settles
again into your own skin

 
 
Mary Strong Jackson

Mary Strong Jackson

Mary Strong Jackson’s work has appeared in journals and anthologies in the United States and England. Her chapbooks include The Never-Ending Poem, Witnesses, No Buried Dogs, Between Door and Frame, and Clippings. Finishing Line Press will publish her latest chapbook From Other Tongues in March 2017. Mary recently moved from the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the green expanses of watery Wisconsin.