we know how it is with windows

Melissa Atkinson Mercer

how that night

mother opened them and slept
heard girls singing // to each other in the olive trees

heard her own lung // gnawing its way through rib

crawling along the blue walls // out into the miracle
of the night’s only wolf // and waking

how she could only // breathe half the air // speak

half the words she knew // a beast born to beasts
into a morning black and hot as a rabbit’s womb

into a shirt pressed wet against her skin

Melissa Atkinson Mercer is the author of four chapbooks, including After the Miracle Season (ELJ, 2017) and Star-Blind in the Family of Fortune Keepers (Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2017). Her debut full-length collection will be published in 2017 by Five Oaks Press. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Blue Earth Review, Zone 3, About Place Journal and others. She has an MFA from West Virginia University, where she won the Russell MacDonald Creative Writing Award in Poetry.


  1. Jackie Chou says

    Absolutely love it!

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