content warning: references car accident
ditches so deep / they serve as graves / pavement laid / proudly by your father / or perhaps grandfather / now tarnished by the glass / that cracks like ice / everyday behind my eyelids / sixty miles per hour / how fast can a lifetime go? / the sun looked away / and clouds stretched their necks / I didn’t see my elementary school carnival / my grandma’s kitchen table / or his face / all that rang through the air / a curse from my lips / I braced for the unknown / the sea waves / loose and wild / took hold of my ship / then / I flipped / all that plagued my shell / that I didn’t hope to leave / was how to slither away / from death’s metal trap / then I landed right side up / I shook with the force of / thousands of fiery bees / no scars / no snapped bones / I walked to my refuges / only a day of aches / but four years later / I know what steep hollows hold / I know the lives buried in ditches
Kelli Lage lives in the Midwest countryside with her husband, and dog, Cedar. Lage is currently earning her degree in Secondary English Education. Lage states she is here to give readers words that resonate.
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