The Truth of It by Leisha Douglas

Scientists say
we suffer from a neurological imperative
to forge links
make meaning from random data.
To them, visions signal paranoia.
To them, ESP is connection of thought to event.
To them, cortical excitation induces near death or out-of-body spectacles.

That lightning pain
which tipped me off my chair in Connecticut
when my brother broke his leg in Illinois
was my brain on overdrive.

If science is the ultimate truth,
I will not feel
you are close to leaving when your time comes.
You won’t know
that I will struggle to reach you–
if not with my body,
with my mind.


Published by

Jeremiah Walton

Oi ! I’m Jeremiah Walton. For the past ~3 years I’ve been bopping around the U.S. between hitchhiking + rubber tramping, running traveling bookstore Books & Shovels + indie publisher Nostrovia! Press. My focus is in-person distribution at open mics + features + busking. Word of mouth is a fulfilling & feels to be a more intimate promotional process. I’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival + San Francisco Lit Crawl + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl Oakland + This Lil Lit Fest + street corners across the country. There’s a handful of my books floating around the country, but most recently is “From Here Til Utopia” (Ghost City Press). Raccoons + coyotes are my companions. Hope you dig the poems, much love, thank you❤

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