THE SLOWEST DANCE
Last night you raised your hand
to speak about the speed of things
in the film—amazed at how she
takes the time to make tea, iron
a shirt—because you can’t even
take the time to make a sandwich
without forgetting to put something
else, anything, between the bread.
You also spoke of this rush as doing
violence to the self, just a day after
getting word of your cousin’s suicide.
She was a happy woman, you said,
and that you could not reconcile. This
is what I’m trying to reconcile, a thing
slower than domesticity or death: our
embrace at the end of a day—swaying
in the dark exhaust of a parking garage,
like a Muybridge flipbook—still still
still still stillstillstillstillstill still still
still still still.
Jared Leising is the author of a chapbook of poems-The Widows and Orphans of Winesburg, Ohio–and in 2010, Jared curated the Jack Straw Writers Program. He’s served as president of the Washington Community College Humanities Association and on the Board of Directors for 826 Seattle. Before moving to Seattle, Jared received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Currently, he’s teaching English at Cascadia Community College and coordinating 826 Seattle’s 2012 adult writing workshop series: “How to Write Like I Do.”