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There are Things Downriver I’ve Never Properly Grieved

That boulder below waterline, for instance, I’d fracture into fragments

glittering the horizon, green-eyed cat on the outcropping staring back

and I’ll tell you I saw it first, the right to dream, a way of writing.


By dawn, so much is forgiven. This is how becoming a daughter works.

There are Things Downriver I’ve Never Properly Grieved

That boulder below waterline, for instance, I’d fracture into fragments

glittering the horizon, green-eyed cat on the outcropping staring back

and I’ll tell you I saw it first, the right to dream, a way of writing.


By dawn, so much is forgiven. This is how becoming a daughter works.

Denise Calvetti Michaels, Kirkland

 
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