By Joann Zhang


Carry it like a sprain

or a missing limb; absence

more pronounced than its being.

I could fly in the lightness--

God, how could I live

down cast iron clad, trapped

in panes, glowing squares

like a glimpse or a cell.

Look at the spliced branch

beneath the window, full of buds

and the raucous bird.

Carry it like your newborn,

it's still your soul and joy.

Zhang is the creator of LoveNote Poetry.

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