Aug 19, 2008

The Hotel Devotion

Written by Sandra Beasley

Read by Katrina Vandenberg

In the Hotel Devotion
there is no running water,

no power, no stairs,
no bed. There is only

the woman who holds
a river in her mouth,

fireflies in her hands,
the woman who bends

for you, opens for you.
There is only this book,

this pen in your hand,
your name the only name.

Outside, pigeons bellying
down the alleys of night.

Inside, this sadness
blooming in your throat.

Sometimes a handful of
light is mistaken for love. I

did not know it was a river
until I tried to swallow.