Love cannot permeate the busy-brained heart, just
Ask the stretching-self-over-the-valley dendrite.
Muscle memories of
Icy, undertow moments from
Comrades and rivals, alike.
Time to decelerate, my small elliptical
Axis holds the revolving leash, I twist to see blue sky
Love lubricates the sheath; Synapse is free!
Hokis is an American poet of Armenian descent. She is senior curator of Headline Poetry & Press, a regular contributor to Reclamation Magazine, and featured in numerous anthologies. Her debut collection "Unbecoming" is a poet memoir sharing her personal rise from political trauma. You can find more about her, her published work, and Unbecoming at hokis.blog.