Kathy Volk Miller and Marion Wrenn at the Collingswood Book Fair

Kathy Volk Miller and Marion Wrenn at the Collingswood Book Fair

Kathy Volk Miller and Marion Wrenn at the Collingswood Book Fair

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Ariana D. Den Bleyker

There’s Nothing to Keep In—
Nothing to Let Out
There’s no chaos in the wind
blowing the old gate off its hinges,
in the horses grazing,
in the crunchy leaves burning
beneath hooves, in the stars
celebrating something
that’s ended well without
our knowing. Do you remember
when all death ever meant to us
was all it would ever mean—
our very best hands gone
bust? Do you remember
the smooth curves of hips
wandering, seeking pleasure
in the texture of skin,
our eyes creating tension,
adjusting our fear
to the gathering darkness
—when eternity didn’t seem
like anybody’s business but its own?
You and I are out for deep cuts
in the road, for scars, for mystery
deepening like wine sleeping
in a cool, dark place.

The words for next month are icicle, outward and calibrate.

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