The Two-Body Problem - Ruminate Magazine

The Two-Body Problem

August 15, 2020 3 Comments

Brandon Thurman's poem "The Two-Body Problem" appears in Issue No. 56: Expression.

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BRANDON THURMAN 

The Two-Body Problem

I can’t seem to remember
the last time I prayed

that wasn’t merely a reflex.
The doctor’s cold hand

& hammer making
my scrawny knee hiccup

was my first time seeing
how the body can know

what its bearer doesn’t.
When I told you I was glad

our parallel lives had intersected,
you said something about infinity,

something about the earth’s largest machine,
buried beneath the border of two countries,

hurtling one proton against another,
again & again, bent on finding a particle

they call God. I don’t know,
you ramble on sometimes,

but tonight, when I sat at the table
between you & our boy,

I wanted to close my eyes,
hold your hands, & whisper, thank you

to no one at all. I remembered
then what it was you said:

even parallel lines intersect
at the line of infinity,

bent towards each other
by that invisible weight.

________

BRANDON THURMAN is the most orthodox iconoclast and ordinary queer you’ll ever meet. He’s the author of the chapbook Strange Flesh (Quarterly West, 2018). His poetry can be found in The Adroit Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Nashville Review, RHINO, and others. He lives in the Arkansas Ozarks with his husband and son. You can find him online at brandonthurman.com or on Twitter @bthurman87.

 

 

 

Photo by  Oana Hodirnau on Unsplash. 



3 Responses

Janet Ruth Heller
Janet Ruth Heller

August 17, 2020

This poem is very moving. Good relationships are hard to find and very precious. Thank you for posting this poem!

Sincerely,
Janet Ruth Heller
website is https://www.janetruthheller.com

Marcia Hurlow
Marcia Hurlow

August 17, 2020

Headspinning and beautiful poem! Thanks for this uplifting moment, Brandon!

Bruce Meredith
Bruce Meredith

August 17, 2020

A beautiful inviting poem, open to so many interpretations. Really well-done!

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