“This Is the Third Poem” by Leigh Chadwick

“This Is the Third Poem”

I fly too close to the sun and then I am the sun.
I start a cover band that covers cover bands.
Does anyone still do the Wobble?
I skip ponds across pebbles as I ask you to ask me
which of the sounds you misheard as we kissed
in the forest. I’m growing melodies
in my scratch and sniff novel about the gift shop
that sells smaller gift shops.
Sixty-two of my feelings begin with a gun
going gun. If I were asked to write a review
of God, I wouldn’t. Every lobotomy is half off
if you only pay for half of a lobotomy.
This is the third poem in my book full of poems.
The first two poems in my book full of poems
are better, but you have to admit this one
is still pretty fucking good.


Leigh Chadwick is the editor-in-chief of The Leigh Chadwick Review and is the founder and sole member of The Leigh Chadwick Good Enough Book Club. Her debut poetry collection, Wound Channels, will be published by ELJ Editions in February of 2022. Find her on Twitter at @LeighChadwick5.