These Are the Gifts You Abandoned.

Your body
has become the point

where meeting
can no longer

take place—

Your mouth filled with leaves
the day you borrowed
her dress

(covered in small roses)

and threw it
– as if guided by an invisible line –
out over the ocean.

You led her to a place where

you wept over a line
of lily pads,

each accompanied with a frog,

each gliding down the stream
as though it were

a parading cemetery
you had somehow

grown up with—

(their bodies lying as if asleep.)

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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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