Poems & Essays

17 Oct

What’s Lost

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I must be hard
on rings to lose
so many stones:

an amethyst untucked
from its circle of gold,
the first small pearl

in a row of five,
an oval of lapis set
in silver—all lost.

My children’s baby teeth
placed under their pillows,
lost and kept—

the warm smell of their skin,
into the curve of my hip,
my neck, my life.

And tulip petals falling
from the vase in the slanted
light of dusk.


Sarah Dickenson Snyder has been writing poetry since she knew there was a form with conscious line breaks. She is an English teacher, a mother, and a participant in poetry workshops. She was selected to be part of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and has had several poems published in places like The Comstock Review, Bloodroot Literary Magazine, West Trade Review, The Main Street Rag, Mothers Always Write, Passager, and other journals, reviews, and book anthologies. In May of 2016, she was a 30/30 Poet for Tupelo Press.

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