In Midnight Orchards

In Midnight Orchards

                        for Dragan, these haikus and lines

The sunset falls like
             gold over water: softly,
deliberately,

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.

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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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