Our Second

one thing constantly / enters another, becoming not one with it

Poet Jana Prikryl

A closed current
as small as a necklace
this water. Looking down at the pebble beach
from a window as tall as story. They’d done the tests
and only later I thought, nobody said
looks good. I don’t mind losing the baby
our second, just interfere with the first.
But I was big and worried for myself. Pain or danger
and didn’t want to see its face — I see it already —
made wrong by virus. Down there the pebble beach
our friends, comparing their finds, worried I’d solve this
the easy way, unaware one thing constantly
enters another, becoming not one with it
but taking its place, and on and on, a current

Jana Prikryl
Jana Prikryl's third book of poems, Midwood, will be published this summer. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Prikryl is an editor at The New York Review of Books.

Join our community

Here’s why illustrator and designer Lauren Tamaki wants you to support The Walrus:

Black and white photo of Lauren Tamaki"My latest work for The Walrus was a portrait that accompanied a review of Sheila Heti's new book, Pure Color. I love collaborating with the art directors at The Walrus because I always know the result will be spectacular." - Lauren Tamaki

For only $10 per month, you can support the work of The Walrus online. All supporters will receive a complimentary tote bag, gain access to exclusive updates, and join the community that powers the work we do.

Be part of The Walrus.
Monthly donations receive a charitable tax receipt.