SONG

Jon Lemay's restorative poem addresses the exact moment when one emerges from melancholy into a new frame of mind. Illustration by Jason Mowry.

Now is the time for mending,
the season I shed the dead  

skin of old love,
so the heart can once again 
become a living thing.  

I have been made small in the wake
of winter; I feel feverish & weather-worn
by a particularly soggy spring.  

But there is a wren that flutters
inside my chest, trilling
louder than the murmurs of love
that do not stay.  

I feel the click of its beak
as it chips away at my sternum,
waiting  

for the moment it breaks
through the bone
& hits the nerve that will send me  

diving into the summer
with speed and delicacy  

in search of new modes of destruction,
singing I have found a trajectory
that is my own
.

'Song' was published in our 13th issue, The Outsider Issue, which has now sold out. To ensure that you never miss a future issue of the print magazine, subscribe from just £10 a year.