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As you lie twisted
on the kitchen floor,
the brushed limbs of
fir trees wave shadows
above you,

evergreens along the highway.
You were drawn to their indifference,
how trees never mind the rilling of traffic,
how soon they forget.

In this luminous house,
the forest quivers
within you,
a flint of dislodged bone.
It darkens your eyes, and the
The porcelain of these floors swells
to outlast all memory.

Across the room,
the solemn infant spreading its fingers
toward you from its high chair, a throne,
has determined that you are still alive,

Though you both witness
the gathering of gold-flecked
angels, fanning their beetled wings
as they flit from skin to skin.
Dylan Holmes
Published in Issue 39