The Façade of Orchard Willows

There are days
when

summer and winter

seem to
reverse –

unwind the flowers.

You close the door.

Knock as though

dead limbs and
leftover pollen

will answer.

You wind your way
through

the orchard
as if

you were a ghost.

Haunt the underside
of trees, unwind

their roots.

You become a memory
of God’s silence.

Leftover bees
pollinate

your skin.

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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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