FIVE POEMS by GOLDIE PEACOCK

12.2.21


Today is a palindrome day.

This is a palindrome day.

How is this life even possible?

Convergence of molecules,

most improbable.

Catches on fire,

Tinder, Grindr,

after culling and cuffing of Scorpio.

You feel like a pufferfish,

ate too much ginger,

full of your palindrome day.

Gratitude moves

in an upward spiral,

morning black tea and

Happy Light writing,

evening rose tea and

Zoom ring light writing.

This is a palindrome day.

Today is a palindrome day.


HELLO, SOUTH NODE ECLIPSE DREAMS


weird dreams of weed

having to shit

a weed dealer being mean


instead of biting back you

call the meanness out

not reading into everything


appalling heart*

no longer so

instead, softened by the wind.


*phrase taken from title of the poem by Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven


SLAPPING SOME SHOULDS OUTTA THE WAY I


rub my almost third-eye headache

kvetch to my journal, whine whine whine

then muse about a future where

people can’t parse handwriting

so when I cross

the threshold

these pages

will have no choice but to be useful

spears averted into ploughshares,

reincarnated as ash.


OF EVERYTHING THAT CALLED TO BE RELEASED


Pepto, Advil, CBD

turn that little excuse-y voice’s no—

cramp ghost stoplight—

into go.


Dusk may glower earlier but

light’s return tap-taps adrenals.

I read How to Do Nothing;

the act of reading contradicts.


A LATE MARCH 2020 CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN SIBLINGS LIVING IN NYC


My brother Tweets: “What

are your niche forums

saying re: COVID?

Spot I’ve been lurking

is like ‘buy a spear

gun, raise some chickens,

get a small amount

of precious metals.’”


I Tweet: “Mine are like

‘my ayahuasca

trip told me this sitch

has been lovingly

co-created by

the universe and

oh, look, dolphins!’”

 

As a performer and art model, Goldie Peacock spent over a decade bouncing between frenetic movement and absolute stillness before chilling out and becoming a writer. Their work appears in HuffPost, Wild Roof Journal, Sundog Lit, and DRAGS, a book showcasing NYC's drag superstars. They live in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn, NY, USA). You can find them more often on Instagram and less often on Twitter.