Slides (Interpreted by Nancy) by Nancy Kangas

[Tom sneering]

I said “hang
out” not
“move in”

[Dad and Jack and Jonathan Livingston Seagull]

Jonathan Livingston Seagull’s quest
is your noise. I have wrestled.
I am taking all comers and will burn my skin on this carpet.

[me with mood ring]

I don’t need to tell you
that I am a person with a hot desire
for action in the categories of truth and love
because you can read my mood ring
and see that it says dark purpled-blue.

[Tom and Uncle Paul and pipe]

Comrades of the Path the Others Deemed Too Easy
and of the Perfectly Perfect Sticks They Said We Didn’t Need
and of the Nearly Matching Jackets We Didn’t Know We Had,
seen here in the freshly conquered clearing


I want to want
as soberly as does the earth.
But every move
makes the whole thing shake.

Nancy Kangas lives in Columbus, Ohio. Her poetry has been published in print and online, and for over a decade she edited Nancy’s Magazine. She writes and draws for Muse magazine, and often teaches poetry in residencies sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council. Nancy works as a cut-flower grower, florist and public librarian.