Spindled Roses

1.

I was awake
on the morning

the fog mustered up
the courage

to contact you.

It was like moss
growing across the door

and tapping
tree limbs

combined.

2.

You stopped moving
two weeks ago.

There are things you should have said, she said—

gowns parted against
humming machines,

hazardous materials.

What is the answer to the universe,
I couldn’t tell you.

Blinded ravens
spell the sequence

of your memory.

You were all I had left.

(Broken flowers.)

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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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