Lois Marie Harrod
There Is Never Enough
Though the heart be the vessel
pouring endless oil, the candle burning
without wax, the bush that consumes not
its thorns, there is never enough.
The mouth opens and opens, desire,
we give and give and are left
wanting, the joy that passes understanding
passes through and disappears.
Even Sister Teresa seems to have known
the black holes that nothing chokes.
Lois Marie Harrod's most recent collection is a chapbook And She Took the Heart (Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press, 2016). Her 13th and 14th poetry collections, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Her poems and stories are widely published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. See www.loismarieharrod.org.