“Kaleidoscopy”

I remember you –
the way your body

fell

like rain

into the bed.

Sheath after sheath –
the smell of the room,

the shape
of your frame.

You disappeared

inside
the mattress,

the fabric
turned
to water.

Your hair flailed
like a fan,

your fingers were spiders,

the lack of iris
in the blue water,

black pupils placed
on lily pads.

I became the blackened onlooker,

the wavering shadow.

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About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in South Bend, Indiana, where she works as the Departmental Secretary of English and World Language Studies at Indiana University South Bend, and remains closely affiliated with 42 Miles Press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, and Wolfson Press. She previously 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 Editor of Poetry for Third Coast. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, Whale Road Review, The James Franco Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Analecta; and her book reviews have appeared on her website and on The Rumpus. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and three cats. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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