In Harm’s Way – Jesse Weiner

“Surely all art is the result of having been in danger, of having gone
through an experience all the way to the end, to where no one can
go any further” — Rilke

the reason we’re together tonight
is that we’re both aware of the fragile,
tissue-thin cords which connect
these words. we know how precarious
it is, what stories we listen to
and which ones we believe. some
will take voice and the rest, like flowers, will
tantalize us, tease us, dare us to choose
which among them are more than light
in the sky. the light speaks to us, too,
we know the stars by their light,
we know each other by gentle vibrations
of air, vibrations of other things, like
strings, glasses, throttled together
with the substance we hold on to,
that viscous fluid we share and
believe in. it is a flower, shining, it can
cause us to see past walls and fabric.
it is a gentle flower, casting
a thin light on the fluid of
our stories and the fragile tissue
of these words. this flower, this reason,
brings us together tonight,
and we go out walking,
picking among the stories and the lights.

First published in Zang Spur Review
Collected in IN HARM’S WAY, Linear Arts

Posted in Blog.


  1. I agree with you that Jesse Weiner is one of the best–underrated and not published enough. He deserves to be in books!

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