A Desperate Season by Devon Balwit

Leaves flare
a loosening
of petioles,

a foot-shuffling
rustle
of rain-sticks.

Squash smirk,
lopsided,
match-hungry.

The days fold
ever smaller—
messages

held beneath
the tongue
and passed

through barbed wire
to the hands
of sympathizers.

 

 

Devon Balwit teaches in Portland, OR. She has six chapbooks and two collections out or forthcoming: How the Blessed Travel (Maverick Duck Press); Forms Most Marvelous (dancing girl press); In Front of the Elements (Grey Borders Books), Where You Were Going Never Was (Grey Borders Books); The Bow Must Bear the Brunt (Red Flag Poetry); We are Procession, Seismograph (Nixes Mate Books), Risk Being/ Complicated (with the Canadian artist Lorette C. Luzajic), and Motes at Play in the Halls of Light (Kelsay Books). Her individual poems can be found or are upcoming in Cordite, The Cincinnati Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Fifth Wednesday, The Ekphrastic Review, Red Earth Review, The Fourth River, The Free State Review, Rattle, Posit, and more.

 

Original photograph by Khlim28. 

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