Read This Once You Need to Know More About the [GIRL]

Leaves fall from trees like sand and wind,
the cluster of weeds
under your doorstep.

He’s in the therapy box again. Inside, a bright orange couch. Her brother looks small in the mass, his bangs like commas on his forehead, blue eyes, dreams.

And he says, “Scarecrows hung along the bay are deformed with water.”

Stares at the two-way. Adds, “Opening

their distended bellies means finding old fish, a child’s game.”

He says nothing more for hours.

And then — a development.
You terrify me.

You hear water. Trees continue to contain God over the years. You think of sand.

Distilled flowers.


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 View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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