While Christ Was Walking Upside-Down on the Other Side of the Earth

1.

You were ill that winter.

The flowers in your windowsill
caught the flu,

their red petals turned
yellow

against the snow.

You remember those.

You remember the way
their scent

changed

from rose to lavender.

2.

And when Christ learned
to walk,

you weren’t surprised.

You thought he was another
human being

who would one day
carry

the groceries
up the front steps,

blue flowers
in his hands.

3.

Most of us learn
when we are young

that shopping carts
sink

when placed
in the ocean.

I watched a phone

flower

into a dozen
mockingbirds

that never learned

to sing.

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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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