JUDAS AT THE NOOSE

I blame the ground for this pain.
I have chosen this tree.
There are many others.

This one
                                           the desire

                     to part from footsteps, the seduction of the y-axis.

to bury away
within the roots
this body, this air,
and whatever rope
ties it all together.

           What can

untie the event

or

                                                      break
                                                                                      out

                        possibility.

                                                      I call it plain:

let the rope sit idle, taut, and stretched

                                            let the tree remember

but my body will fall toward the deepest part of the earth, planted like a seed
grown backwards away from the light.

(Let the Greek pages say whatever they want
my body is in the air, away from whatever ground you say is yours)


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TIM DUFFY is a poet and teacher working in Connecticut. He has poems in or forthcoming in Longleaf Review, Moonchild Mag, Cotton Xenomorph, The Hawai'i Review, The Cortland Review, Entropy, and Bop Dead City