|Issue 16:||1 Jan. 2023|
Sweep clean the corners of night. Snap the broom handle in two. Boomerang one end for the dog to fetch. Watch the ballet of tall dry grasses fluttering, bowing. Applaud, applaud! Loosen, giggle, stretch, gleam. Peel an orange, take each plump tangy section one by one on your tongue and bite. Juice yourself awake. Observe the young hawk in stark branches, stalking sparrows. Tell someone its ravenous tale, with reverence. Drink of some archaic potion— cider, ale, wassail, grog, wine from ancient vines. Toast to all who’ve ever done the same. Salute! Wear a scarf with tiny winking threads of glitter even if it’s not your look. Saunter. Play a flute. Light a candle and snuff it when you’ve had enough of ritual. Skip the yoga. Close the karmic book. Yawn, ululate, or yodel. Leave the list upon the kitchen table. Follow Sagittarian arrows. Make saw from what was. As dawn blooms and bells clang, dance across a drawbridge. Wave aloha to cars and ferries or to any passing fancy as if this is any other ordinary gangway morning because it is.
is author of Like the O in Hope (The Poetry Box, 2019) and two chapbooks. Comstock Review, Kakalak, Poetry Quarterly, Naugatuck River Review, and other journals have published her poems. She is co-winner of Reed Magazine’s Edwin Markham Prize (2019). She regularly reviews books for The Main Street Rag and helps organize open mics with Nexus Poets in New Bern, NC. Her MFA in fiction is from the University of Massachusetts; her BA is from Allegheny College. She has traveled to all 50 states. She has never owned a dog or ridden a motorcycle.
Author’s website: http://www.jeannejulian.com
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