God Help Me If I'm Turning This Figurative as Opposed to Literal

in my house
like any homebody

thereís a lot of wildlife
domestic things

like dish-washing
use your imagination

and give the soap a name
and talk to it

imbue these inanimate objects
with life not only

whole things in the world
fragments unfinished

un-begun unresolved
someone plays the piano

and you hear it
you heard somebody look

at a painting and say oh
Iím very satisfied with that


Nathan Kemp is the author of two forthcoming chapbooks, Gnomic Verse (Dream Horse Press) and Animals of the New World (H_NGM_N BKS). His work can be found in BOAAT, Cream City Review, Hobart, and South Dakota Review, among others. He lives in Denver, Colorado.