These days I collect the silence:
the chirring of insects,
the leaves rattling with drops of rain,
the crows calling across the grove of trees,
the steady breath of air through the screen.
I collect the moments when my thoughts are the ones I hear,
and I can consume them whole,
beginning, middle and end.
Annie Demko currently spends her days homeschooling her sons, working on her homestead and writing in her spare moments. Her poems and prose have appeared in Kindred Magazine, Grounded Magazine among others.