nature's cruelty is mitigated by its personality
robin lamer rahija
Grandpa Ammons clicked a twig
off the courthouse tree and pressed it
with his palms into paper
like how those heavy earth plates
make diamonds out of old dead shit.
He waved one hand above his head
with a squinty look trying to define
an abstract thought
and gave up to fold the paper
into a little plane propelled into the wind
by the breath of one hundred ghosts hanged.
Robin LaMer Rahija lives in Lexington, KY. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bat City Review, Barely South, Guernica, Diagram, and elsewhere. She is the managing editor of Rabbit Catastrophe Press.