21 April, 2021: While Rosewater Simmers
Read a Poem
While Rosewater Simmers
By Genevieve Jencson
I romance myself. Press my palms
to the lithic landscape ripe with lichen
and sea pink. There is a skull
under my skin. Sometimes I forget
until my bones sing. Humerus
sighs in the scapular cavity. Femur
moans in the acetabulum. I lace
my fingers between my ribs and breathe
to take more space. We grow old
together. We love each other
in our rosy bed, sheets speckled
with garden dirt and rhubarb crumbs.
“While Rosewater Simmers” by Genevieve Jencson, from Lanugo. Dancing Girl Press. 2015. Used by permission of the author.
Genevieve Jencson is a writer and performing artist living in Lakewood, Ohio. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the Northeast Ohio MFA, and a BA in English from Hiram College. Online publications of her work include Sidereal Magazine, Wicked Alice Zine, and Dressing Room Poetry Journal. Her work has been published in print in jubilat, Rubbertop Review, and Alimentum and in her poetry chapbook Lanugo (Dancing Girl Press, 2015). Genevieve has performed dance at cultural festivals including “Rooms to Let: CLE,” “Wintertide at Gordon Square,” “Firefish Festival” in Lorain, and “One World Day” at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. She also sings harmonies for the band Shy Moon.
Write a Poem
Some current research suggests that trees communicate with each other. Write a poem in which trees communicate seriously or one in which they communicate humorously or ironically.