Jessica Goodheart

Skyfall, Earthrise
by Jessica Goodheart

1.

Bond’s in the lake with a henchman,
and I’m a child again in that crowded pool
in the grip of a drowning girl. When
Bond’s in the lake with the henchman,
he holds his breath, wrestles the man.
Who takes drowning for horseplay? Me. A fool.
Bond’s in the lake with the henchman,
and I’m a child again in that crowded pool.

2.

They pull her out. White rings her eyes
like a mask to wear to the other side.
All night, I wait for the sun to rise.
They pull her out. White rings her eyes.
The campus echoes with her sister’s cries.
I was nowhere near her, I lied.
They pull her out. White rings her eyes
like a mask to wear to the other side.

3.

Breathless, Bond leaves the man behind.
In movies, in life, some get out alive.
When bad guys catch fire, we hardly mind.
Breathless, Bond leaves the man behind.
Skyfall. Knife twist. We all unwind.
The mind gets swept. The strong survive.
Breathless, Bond leaves the man behind.
In movies, in life, some get out alive.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 4.

Jessica GoodheartJessica Goodheart’s work has appeared in Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, The Best American Poetry, The Antioch Review, Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets, Mudfish, Salamander, Cider Press Review, and other journals.

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