LITERATURE, POETRY

“Home” by Katie Pukash

0 Comments 31 January 2016

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Katie Pukash is a performance poet based in Los Angeles. She has taught at Boise State and Boise High School in the art of slam poetry. She currently resides in Tarzana.

 

Home

 

I swallow the kitchen, throw up acid
and sleep on five different couches in a year.
When pain puddles turn into lakes
I feel the rain in my bones
But no home feels like home.
My marrow can only mimic memories.
My spine is dust on the nightstand.
My knees crumble in your wake
feet to floor to earth to rot
I inhale the rust and oxidizing hair color.
For every time they tell me to build a mountain,
I swallow another kitchen,
turn sideways and my neck flutters.
I can’t fit five houses into my esophagus
But I try anyway.
Tomorrow may be six.
I exhale hard
the lemon trees are aching for attention.
I wash the rugs over and over and over
but the tread marks of sixteen years of feet never disappear.
I sleep in a bunk bed with bed bugs and hurricanes.
The laundry overflows with another day of why cant things change.
The hunting for home,
antlers on the wall
nothing counts for this
Except all the kitchens I swallow
trying to find one that feeds me.

 

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Photo credit: Aski Photography

 

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Katie Pukash is a performance poet based in Los Angeles. She has taught at Boise State and Boise High School in the art of slam poetry. She currently resides in Tarzana.

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