Passing / sonia farmer

The doctor knows the heart and all
its chambered petals. He is versed in
vestigial organs, but not the art of hidden

Things. He reads to find answers. To explain
the way he smells her neck when she appears
in his sleep. To explain the reasons her garden

Dies each hot October. To explain the energy
locked in her rusty shovel. He reads
somewhere that body position affects

Memory, so he moves to her side of the cold
garden bench, of the dinner table, of the bed.
Explain this: red-spotted newts reverse

Cell damage to build heart muscle. The
Canada geese sing with their life-long mates
one half of a song each. He hopes his next life

Lies in dandelions. Over and over, explain this:
the Canada goose, in mourning, will string
the halves they both knew, and sing.


“Passing” originally appeared in What Becomes Us, a limited edition chapbook from Poinciana Press.


Sonia Farmer is a Bahamian who will complete her BFA in Creative Writing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, in May 2009. She is the author of two limited edition chapbooks, What Becomes Us and Grow. Her work has appeared in Ubiquitous Literary and Art Magazine and Poui X.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s