Sky Offering

I drew my blue hand.
I put it in the soup.
Veins bubbled, knuckles sang.
I raised it to the sky.
I said, I want.
In the taiga’s waiting room.
In the jungle’s waiting room.
I stoned my body.
With black earth locally grown.
I stoned the earth.
Through the keyhole—
long grasses pressed down by thunder—
my blue hand said come.
The way is an open melon.

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Matt Broaddus is a poet and writer from Virginia. His first book of poems, Temporal Anomalies, is coming September 15, 2023 from Ricochet Editions. His second book, Deeper the Tropics, will appear in 2024 from BUNNY, an imprint of Fonograf Editions. Matt's poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Annulet, Couplet Poetry, Denver Quarterly, and Fence. He has received support for his writing from Cave Canem, Community of Writers, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and Millay Arts. He lives in Colorado and works at a public library. You can find out more about Matt at He's also on instagram @matbroaddus and twitter @mattbroaddus. Pre-order Temporal Anomalies here.