Ro­man Catholic Grave­yard Walk, Ste. Anne, MB

Prairie Fire - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - KARLA KOR­MAN

tall-stilted grass;

sweep­ing the long di­vide

be­tween pressed morn­ing

and elastic af­ter­noon.

thin-soled shoes, and

the day’s struc­ture

went for­ward,

chain-link held

in school yard fence

chroma-soaked time

pen­cilled on calendar,

lunch newly di­gested

through the wire mesh,

the creek’s mud-filled

walls, then

-open palm to cross;

small feet around each

crest­ing wave of dirt,

cal­i­brat­ing, we

sub­tracted each

set of shal­low-worn

dig­its;

how deep then,

this for­mula

of loss.

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