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.

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