Of Trenches and Stones

This poem needs some serious work —

Of Trenches and Stones

Believing him is the easy part

when love begins to taste
like blood
and water.


ically: she wastes away on a cloud
of opium and
small metallic wings.

You can taste
the flour
in the bread –

smell the pecans
where there are only

(the eyes
in the garbage)

and you wonder what it would be like

to have been
a woman
like her

with marks on her skin
that are natural,
that smell of

in her hair.

are wasting away
on a cloud
of elixir

and diamonds

and yet you love him anyway –

far off in a barn
that floats on the ocean
of a desert plain.


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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