Pointing in Your General Direction

is a candlestick, snapped
at the base after being dropped

from a bag of date-night

We had a terrible anniversary.
Two weeks later, we met

in the bedroom, and our bodies
were sad—sad fingers slipped

through sad hair, sad lips touched
sad mouths. Next, the room

was sad, and the neighbors
were sad while trying

to conceive a child. The deer
sleeping behind the bushes and

overgrown lilies were sad
and slept sad dreams. Now you are

a little older and place the broken
candlestick in a box with other

marital relics, along with a strand
of hair that was particularly sad,

a movie ticket, a tablecloth, even
your wedding ring, which you

drop into the box for a moment, shift
the contents around, and put back on.


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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