The Word

Gadget is the word. No one says bomb.
No one, then, says weapon. They think
detonation: the end in itself, and the beginning
in hindsight.
The tower, the core, the desert wind
in the best direction,
the thousand suns at its heavy core.
In the beginning, there is the word,
waiting to be uttered, waiting to be silenced.


Anna Leahy's book Constituents of Matter won the Wick Poetry Prize. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University, were she curates the Tabula Poetica reading series and edits the journal TAB. She co-writes Lofty Ambitions blog at The two poems in Tinderbox Poetry Review were written during a residency at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony.