Important to What We’re Talking About

No, love. Not chin—   
 

Part of your leg.
This part

 

I think it has to do with blood. Maybe

 

relevant? Because in French
blood is sang.

       

A kind of song.

 
When someone gives you something
you feel you need to give them


something in return.  

 

A short little song         

 

that makes you want to sing it
over & over.

 

When you can’t stop doing something

 

even if you want to.    

 

Where there’s deep water you can swim in.

 
Dust whirls up into a funnel shape
and it spins and moves like a live thing.

 

From author: “When my daughters were three and five years old, they asked many times per day, ‘What does that mean?’ I wrote down all the definitions I gave them for several weeks, and made these poems (and their titles) out of that set of phrases.”



Carolyn Williams-Noren was a 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and a 2014-2015 winner of a McKnight Artist Fellowship. She’s also the founder and caretaker of a free poetry library (littlepoetrylibrary.org) in the Minneapolis neighborhood where she lives with her family. Her chapbook, Small Like a Tooth, is available from Dancing Girl Press.

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