“If you think a hammer is the only way to hammer / A nail, you ain’t thought of the nail correctly.”Terrance Hayes
I See A Part And Not The Whole
by Claude McKay
I plucked my soul out of its secret place,
And held it to the mirror of my eye,
To see it like a star against the sky,
A twitching body quivering in space,
A spark of passion shining on my face.
And I explored it to determine why
This awful key to my infinity
Conspires to rob me of sweet joy and grace.
And if the sign may not be fully read,
If I can comprehend but not control,
I need not gloom my days with futile dread,
Because I see a part and not the whole.
Contemplating the strange, I’m comforted
By this narcotic thought: I know my soul.
American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin
[“Inside me is a black-eyed animal”]
by Terrance Hayes