Dorothea Lasky

YOU THOUGHT

 

You thought I’d flipped the switch and I hadn’t

  • You thought I’d left the window open
  • And I wouldn’t
  • You thought I’d turn the dial up
  • But I didn’t
  • You thought I’d ring the sun the super
  • But I shouldn’t
  • You thought I’d unlock the beehive
  • But I wouldn’t
  • You thought I’d sing the dirge
  • But I couldn’t
  • You thought I’d cook the rabbit
  • And I hadn’t
  • You thought I’d come back that day
  • And I didn’t
  • You thought I’d tend the flowers
  • But I couldn’t
  • You thought I turned the lock
  • But I hadn’t
  • You thought I’d open the door
  • See you
  • But I couldn’t
  • You thought I’d lie down
  • But I couldn’t
  • It kills me still
  • I couldn’t
  • I couldn’t

 


DOROTHEA LASKY is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: Rome (Liveright/W.W. Norton), as well asThunderbirdBlack Life, and Awe. She has also written several chapbooks, including Poetry Is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Her writing has appeared in PoetryThe New YorkerThe Paris ReviewThe Atlantic, and Boston Review, among other places. She is a co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013). She lives in New York City, where she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University.

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