THE PENETRATION OF THE DENOTATIVE BODY OF THE WORK
BARREN 1. obsolete equipment, copper mine tailings, toxic land fill, scrap
CLEARCUT 1. bodybuilder with a shaved head. 2. melted ice, leaded water,
CONE 1. pine on the cob. 2. witch's hat, spinning top, hand-held ice cream.
LUNG 1. bully pulpiteer, rhinoceros. 2. tall tree: Sequoia, Douglas Fir, Toni
TRUNK 1. pillars in the community. 2. child cut down. 3. case that holds human
I began this poem many years ago to cope with infertility. Then, during the pandemic, Harryette Mullen's Sleeping with the Dictionary and her phrase, "the denotation of the penetrative body of the work," caused my thesaurus to quicken in my passions for social justice and the environment.