ONLINE BONUS: When I Try to Let You Speak through Me

I get myself in trouble again

Conjuring you


Must be I want to summon

Your response to this moment


The bank of language

Stuck back where you left off


I want to bring you in

So say what you may

That must have been meant for me

Alone or no one

As in spoken only in fury or despondency


Still I struggle to regret

Letting you muscle me to silence


Now I take your voice places

You would not want to go


I am afraid where else

I can find you

If not when I believe I know your take

When I let your voice resound

Mark Danowsky is Editor-in-Chief of ONE ART: a journal of poetry, Senior Editor for Schuylkill Valley Journal, and a Regular Contributor for Versification. He is author of the poetry collection As Falls Trees (NightBallet Press). His work has appeared in Bird Watcher’s Digest, Cleaver Magazine, Gargoyle, The Healing Muse, and elsewhere.