Hanging From Your Neighbor’s Window, A Brass Key Ring

Your favorite mornings were
when you turned off

my skin—

my hair became elongated fiber

my eyes, melted and frozen,

over and over.


It became this soft

this event

of cars and medical wire,
deer crossing the street

with nowhere to go but up and over

up into the stars, over
the neighbor’s fence.


I spent my mornings smelling
expended gasoline

and sea salt, through a window
where there was

no water.

Your hands, like two Irish Setters,
kneaded into my skin

and paused,
as if waiting for answers,

as if waiting for directions
to the nearest

phone booth

to report the collision
of deer to engine.


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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