Poems & Essays

17 Jun

Dots and Boxes

General/Column No Response

You ask me to explain
What was before this        what after

but all I have
the chiming proof of wind

bronze bells at our window
ring for no one
make no sound unless touched

we play a game of dots and boxes
I scaffold points for you
we climb carefully each rung

this page between us
head to head
we have been framed

where we touch we press a ringing to the nerve
a hypotenuse cut
through the longest side of night

Kathleen Mitchell-Askar holds degrees from UCLA and California State University, Northridge. Her work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, DIAGRAM, Mom Egg Review, Right Hand Pointing, Rust+Moth, San Pedro River Review, SWWIM Everyday, and Whale Road Review. She lives, works, and writes in Sacramento.

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