Seventh Month

checks and balances are not physical laws


jazz hands


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 KestrelFourth RiverLVNGSpiral OrbClade Songecopoetics, and other journals. She teaches writing and naturalist studies to homeschoolers near Philadelphia.

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