Tenacity

TENACITY

It’s this simple: the first relationship
is nothing but a series of elephant bones—

the dust and chalk that stumbles
through the mouth. The body is fragile,

indiscriminate, pining for what is lost
in a field, or has never been given.

You spend your time shedding the skin,
the old bone, in place of fresh marrow.

You become faceless and disappear
into another body, another voice,

forgetting what it was like to look out
onto the ocean.

*

written November 16th

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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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