From the Outside


we are creating a loophole , 
a visual palindrome in which rain rains 
on either side of a windowpane . this is really you , 
you say again . i’m not sure i know what you mean . 
we open all the windows & doors . 
we place it outside by naming birds & trees . 
pine-sparrow . walnut-lark . maple-pheasant . 
birch- starling . holy oak . 
their shapes are pleasing . we are at ease .
it’s easy . it’s exciting . we can’t explain 
what’s happening. I’m getting to know you 
you’re saying ,  from the inside . meanwhile , 
on the outside , we’re naming . this is really you 
you say again . we can’t explain it 
but it’s what’s happening . 
we open all the windows & doors . 
in the thresholds time frames the firmament ,
a site-specific shaping of what’s outsiding . 
entering & exiting . we will have been nesting . 
a reference to the love we make 
when we mean to say falling . 
feathers . branches . a process 
of overriding the insiding . 
by way of naming , we are creating .
we put it outside . explaining the exciting . nestled ,
on the inside , a hologram of what we know 
is happening , a nebula of predicates 
ferments the flip side of naming . 



Razielle is a Montreal-born writer and artist with a B.A. in History and Contemporary Studies from Dalhousie/King’s University, and is an alumna of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Sewer Lid; my (small press) writing day; Fresh Voices, Five:2:One, Synapse, écho!, Hinge, California Quarterly, and elsewhere. Website: Twitter: @ohthepoetry