Hayden Saunier

How to Move In
by Hayden Saunier

Bring in the bed first.
Then the books.
Then wait as long as possible before doing anything else.

Go back to work. Sweep out the old place.
Allow time for your books to adjust their spines

in light of a different dust sifting the air
and the low deep notes sounded by floor joists when
no one’s there.

Let the books and the light in the room
settle in.
Let the bed be.

Because the promise of sex
is almost as good as sex and sometimes better, let’s face it,
so let the bed rest.

The world remains packed
with unfairness, cockroaches, impossible physics,
all none of your choosing

so, for once, allow emptiness to do its work.
Come back open-handed.
Then you’ll be home.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 5.

Hayden SaunierHayden Saunier is the author of three poetry collections, Tips for Domestic Travel, Say Luck, which won the 2013 Gell Poetry Prize, and Field Trip to the Underworld, winner of the Keystone Chapbook Award. Her work has been awarded the Pablo Neruda Award, the Rattle Poetry Prize and the Robert Fraser Award. She lives on a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. (www.haydensaunier.com)

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