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Devon Balwit

How like Banksy, God is,

our hidden telomeres
programmed to shred
just when we become
sure of our worth, our
readiness for a climate-
controlled museum
cabinet, for an encomium-
laden retrospective,
gavel banging down
on a million-four,
our loved-ones gaping
at our disintegration.

Devon Balwit wouldn’t mind being the Banksy of verse.

Devon Balwit

Still Wonderful

Whatever war-damage it has suffered,
however smaller it has become,
it is still a wonderful city.
                   (C.P. Cavafy)

Either we are or are not a great empire,
some days reigning from a distant throne,

cells well-trained legions splitting
and sloughing, others chasing rebellions

raging far and wide, everywhere burning
to the smack of clubs, the cloy of carrion.

Devon Balwit is her body’s benevolent despot.

Devon Balwit


Look, look away, the feed’s grim dance,
the lesser kudu, all whorled iridescence,

holding me a full breath or more, while
the starving polar bear, a slink of ribs and

misery, catches my eye only long enough
to identify it, before, unable to soothe and so

sick to see, like a rubbernecker passing
shatter, blood-spatter, I move on.

Devon Balwit admires and worries about the earth’s creatures.



Devon Balwit

The Lesson of Ilmarinen 

Before you feed your forge,
consider why—

otherwise, though ductile,
your metal will cool

bent, your golden crossbow
ever-hungry for blood,

the prow of your shining
ship locked towards war,

your bright ox belligerent,
all hoof and horn,

your shimmering plow
uprooting fields—

and by the time you work
your gleaming mill,

you, too heartsick
to knead its grain,

its salt seasoning only

Sometimes even the greatest struggle delivers something bent. Devon Balwit never stops believing in the next time.

Devon Balwit

Saint Jude

Always scavenging, my husband
cannot say no to a free box, arms
spilling castoffs, broken things,
books in languages he cannot even read.

Devon Balwit religiously guards her one countertop. Anything of her husband’s that touches it gets swept to the floor.

Devon Balwit

The End

We clean the rental house before we go,
regretfully, room by room, gathering up
all we brought, much as we will do
with our bodies when it is time.

Devon Balwit is fighting the good fight and refuses to dress her age.

Devon Balwit

Now I Have What Once I Wanted

When young, I envied
the character-filled hands
of the old, with their ropey
veins and swollen knuckles,
so unlike my smooth doll-baby
hands, as yet unproven.

Devon Balwit‘s only regret is that she doesn’t have more than 10 fingers for silver rings.