Poem with an Oddly Placed Title

Sorry in advance for the title; it just seemed right.

A Quiet Suicide

1.

The movement was subtle—the break
from vine

to vineyard,

the watching
of broken bird eggs,

hairline fractures.

The young ones, they had eyes

like water
and baking powder.

2.

A field dotted
with old corn stalks

and dandelions,

a sound
from the corner woods

that became

the softer

of the two.

3.

She drinks red wine until
all she wants to do—

all she can do—

is break the glass.

Red and vein over
copper and white marble

countertop.

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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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