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Isaac, After Mount Moriah

Read by Katie Manning

Asleep on the roof when rain comes,
water collects in the dips of his collarbone.

Dirty haired boy, my rascal, my sacrifice. Never
an easy dream. I watch him wrestle my shadow, shut eyelids
trembling, one fist ready for me.

Leave him a blanket, leave him alone.

Night before, found him caked in dirt,
sleeping in a ditch, wet black stones for pillows.

What kind of father does he make me, this boy
I find tangled in the hair of willows, curled fetal
in the grove?

Once, I found him in a far field, the mountain’s peak
like a blade above us both.

Saeed Jones received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University – Newark. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Western Kentucky University where he won the Jim Wayne Miller Award for Poetry. While at Western, he was the poetry editor for Rise Over Run Magazine. His poetry has appeared in publications like StorySouth, Barnwood Magazine, Splinter Generation, and others. He’s a contributing writer for Union Station Magazine. His blog For Southern Boys Who Consider Poetry is dedicated to emerging queer poets of color.