Lauren Mallett

Paisley with Acanthus and Flower LashingsLauren Mallett - Paisley with Acanthus

Parable with Prana

Self gets electric with ballast
Self gets miniature with bonsai
Self gets confounded with interest

Self unselects their eyes buries
their head in a sweat-wicking towel

so Self’s eyes need watering
so Self gets someone else

Else gets a sprouted can
Else feeds Self the sprouts

We contain the prana of what
We could become They said

I see said the eyes and They
looked ahead though They
didn’t know exactly for what

Lauren Mallett’s poems appear in RHINO, SalamanderFugueSou’westerPassages North, and other journals. She lives on the Oregon coast. Read more at

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