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— Word Poems
Poems containing the words question, circle, abandon, and electric.
At nightfall, my brother
Grandma will die soon, I guess.
My Older Sister Taught Me How to Shave
She layered some lotion on one of her eyebrows
before using the razor to sheer off unwanted hairs.
I watched with fascination and asked her to teach me
A Long Human Silhouette
At the top of the road I know there is a touchable sun,
that it too is just open space, potentially, like me.
Three Poems (Spotlight Runner Up!)
It was this that stirred
a ripple in my blood, that made me feel
the stomach lining and remember
how crisply, how briefly
a soul with my name moves
Lainey S. Cronk
But that was years ago. Grandma is dead.
Many wars have been fought,
many more women and girls have been raped.
shy as a spider
stalked its mate
over this terrain
But when you spoke in runes, the choir
of leaves was stilled
In this first hour,
there is no word
for separation, for time,
nothing but the space
between fingertips and cheek.
It seemed happy to be released
into what must have felt like freedom.
The Hesper and The Luther Little
Our lungs like ovens, we smoke
For freedom is immortality's thrill
Although mothers still make beds
Judith Ann Levison