A Glass Full of Swans

The woman
waded through

the moonlit fields

like a horse –
deliberately.

Her mouth was
a pale line

in the darkness,

like someone
searching

for a love
lost

in death.
Her bracelets clinked

like hooves
to cobble.

I watched her move
over the field

like someone
sleepwalking

into dawn.

*

Inspired by Pablo Neruda’s “The Dead Woman”

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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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