Mary Oliver at the Wellfleet Dunkin’

Jared Beloff

The glazed, wrinkled tops
   of new-made crullers
      gleam in their silvered basin.
         I don’t want to think
            of the soft hang of our bodies,

but of their beauty, their light indifference,
   a parliament of wreathed air,
      gnarled thumbs and forefingers
         turned in acceptance.
            We do not

have to invite need, nor introduce
   ourselves to age like a seed’s green joy.
      It is enough to admire craft,
         the curve of attention falling
            sweet as syrup into a great pond:

Dark waters do not always signal
   death under a fine layer of skin.
      I take one between my lips
         swallow light. I know
            not to linger.


Jared Beloff is a teacher and poet who lives in Queens, NY with his wife and two daughters. You can find his work in Contrary Magazine, Rise Up Review, Barren Magazine, Bending Genres, The Shore and elsewhere. He is the editor of the Marvel inspired poetry anthology, Marvelous Verses. His work was nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize for 2021.


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