The Morning I Realized My Fascination with Fields

1.

The field was open
like the mouth
of a sparrow

inside

where there are winding halls

You vanish

into a brand of forget-me-nots
and pollen

2.

I spent that morning knowing
that this was the one
I couldn’t
accept –

inside the pages

was a swan

still breaking
from its shell –

and yet,
it was fully grown,

miniaturized,

its back white

in its V of breakage –

of feathers and leaves –

I remember how

your eyes were red

when you tried to patent

this breathing
cloud.

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About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in Indiana, where she works as a virtual assistant, editor, and freelance writer via her self-started business, MLT Creative. She received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Third Coast. She previously completed her B.S. in Secondary English Education and B.A. in English, with a Concentration in Writing, at Indiana University South Bend, where she worked as the Managing Editor for 42 Miles Press. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Encore Magazine, Thank You for Swallowing, The Spooklet, Sleet Magazine, and Analecta, among others; and her book reviews and essays have appeared on The Rumpus and Motherly. When not writing, she enjoys art and music, and the simple mathematics of being a wife of one, a mama of two, and a cat-mom of three. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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