What I love Understands itself As properly scarce.  

illustration of a silhouette of a heart surrounded by branches, leaves, an owl, a sparrow, and blue flecked strawberries
Art by Kristina Closs

I Know What I Love

by Jericho Brown

It comes from the earth.
It is green with deceit.
Sometimes what I love 
Shows up at three 
In the morning and 
Rushes in to turn me
Upside down. Some-
Times what I love just
Doesn’t show up at all.  
It can hurt me if it 
Means to…because 
That’s what in love
Means. What I love 
Understands itself 
As properly scarce.  
It knows I can’t need 
What I don’t go without.  
Some nights I hold 
My breath. I turn as in
Go bad. When I die 
A man or a woman will
Clean up the mess 
A body makes. They’ll
Talk about gas prices
And the current drought 
As they prepare the blue-
Black cadaver that still,
As the dead do, groans:
I wanted what anyone 
With an ear wants— 
To be touched and 
Touched by a presence
That has no hands.

from The Tradition

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One thought on “What I love Understands itself As properly scarce.  

  1. Intense. And beautiful art.

    On Wed, Apr 13, 2022 at 9:36 AM live in the layers wrote:

    > Natalie Jabbar posted: ” Art by Kristina Closs I Know What I Love by > Jericho Brown It comes from the earth.It is green with deceit.Sometimes > what I love Shows up at three In the morning and Rushes in to turn meUpside > down. Some-Times what I love justDoesn’t show up at ” >

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