Skill in Need
by Jacalyn Carley
working night’s whetstone, honing
somnambulant pleasures —
dropping anchor in night’s harbor,
quieting unruly passengers in the brain —
waking up eight hours later.
IMAGE: “Ladder to the Moon” by Georgia O’Keeffe (1958)
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This poem was inspired by the prompt, pure and simple, thinking it might be possible to make poetry from restless sleep, to squeeze an iota of text from the sweats and doubts, the flotsam and jetsam, of bad nights.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jacalyn Carley is a writer, teacher, and former choreographer who lives in Berlin, Germany. She is On-site Director for Sarah Lawrence College’s Summer Arts in Berlin program, and has had poems published in Borders, Silver Birch Press, Painters, and poets.com. She has authored four books (all only available in German translation) and is working on a full-length collection of poems about the nude.