Eleni Sikelianos

Pick Me Up
September 11, 2014 Sikelianos Eleni

Pick Me Up


the words love you, friend

friend you ornament the day

you walk across

Don’t be discouraged

you are wearing the monster’s soft slippers

the leaves are loving you

as they lick the ground thinking

of you

skin, skin

of you

ground, ground

they slide around upon

your limbs are

decals across the day

don’t worry

about the future of water

the tongue

as a roughened piece of meat

my thing thing, friend friend

just as “the winds inside the earth can gather in some hollow palace

and thrust themselves forward” to make

the entire planet lean over from the force


a storm of human you comes &

goes “to

weave a texture [from]

dark to blue”


Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Loving Detail of the Living and the Dead and The California Poem, which was a Barnes & Noble Best of the Year, as well as hybrid memoirs, The Book of Jon and You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek). Sikelianos teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Denver. A California native, longtime New Yorker, and world traveler, she now lives in Boulder with her husband, the novelist Laird Hunt, and their daughter, Eva Grace.