Pointing in Your General Direction

is a candlestick, snapped
at the base after being dropped

from a bag of date-night
accessories.

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.

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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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