Allison Seay

God’s Woods

The worst part of seeing figments

is not seeing them.


My life is not so hard except for that—alone


in a world which moves around me as a silent film, or is

too far away to touch, or is as a fantasy.  I am as distant


to myself as someone I read about


which is to say the worst part

of knowing I exist is not knowing


whether I am or am not a figment.




"God's Woods" is from To See the Queen (Persea Books, 2013).