In Midnight Orchards

In Midnight Orchards

                        for Dragan, these haikus and lines

The sunset falls like
             gold over water: softly,

before the white horse envelops the sky.

Then, there is the moon—
            followed by the apple trees.
Your dreams, long and dark

—like seamless flowers—and later, the wind

in your hands. My skin
              converts to something like silk
and polymerase.

My eyes open new,
            open soft, like unicorn
feathers and mane, to

see the seeking ex-
            pression on your skin, the light
all around your lips—

small stars and moons that collect and return,

and then, sometime in
              the morning comes the news: I
wrote you a poem—

the blur of sudden
            fog all over dawn, and more
birds (like cloud and sky).  

To remember our collection of daisies,

the white all over the stars.


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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