Tuesday, January 3, 2017



Everything is sharp
The sky is a knife blade
We are hunted
Orion’s belt bright overhead
I was born in winter and am reborn
Into the shrinking and swelling of it all

So many anniversaries
Record snowfalls and a crowded
Calendar of remembrance
Layers of grief and celebration

It's dark and everything changes
Bodies heave open and snap shut
The stillness of the cold is just a veil
We all keep living and dying

Balloons and cake and baby jesus
Heart monitors and frozen graveyards
We have wait for the ground to warm
Before we can bury our dead

We cast ashes out on a frozen sea
One year everything floods, the year
My father leaves, and I help my mother
Mop the icy water up in our basement
While neither of us cries

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