Kudos to everyone who have been keeping up with the Poemtober/Inktober words! Your poems have all been impressive. My efforts haven’t been too successful. Last weekend, though, the word ash bumped into this tweet from Robert Macfarlane, author of The Lost Words.
Ash + venation = this draft
When leaves are burned and turn to ash
their venation disappears
just like the whorls on your fingertips
have disappeared from the world.
Fingertips that will never again
crimp a pie crust,
knit a sweater,
stroke the hair of a sobbing girl.
But your heart,
now turned to ash,
in the hearts
of those you loved.
Draft © Catherine Flynn, 2019
Congratulations Karen Eastlund!
You are the winner of Thanku: Poems of Gratitude!
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