checks and balances are not physical laws
how the mind filters, stores
and then the metaphysics
each object fruitful, slyly transparent, parchment
anticipation of a cuckoo or meadowlark
who can know the path of their own invention
“Seventh month” borrows an observation that Timothy Snyder made in a podcast about tyranny: “Checks and balances are not physical laws.”
Paige Menton grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature from Brown University. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Kestrel, Fourth River, LVNG, Spiral Orb, Clade Song, ecopoetics, and other journals. She teaches writing and naturalist studies to homeschoolers near Philadelphia.