A sensitivity lingers, ever of home;
each fate a fire outlasted.
Mark it. Tension and respect:
a bear, carrion. Ice melts,
a glacial nerve is required. Hope:
truth as egg. None to unknow;
hide, haul names and appetite.
Say erect, say sorrow.
A nervous and ungenial reign.
A proposition sneaks and beasts.
Scavenged and raptured, my mate is
a laboratory, padlocked. Every
vulture bites at it. Each fortune sinks.
They cannot bite: tongue frost, ash.
Terry Ann Wright
Terry Ann Wright’s chapbook Nature Studies was published by Sadie Girl Press in 2015; the title poem was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry is forthcoming or has appeared most recently in Rise Up Review, Chiron Review, Angel City Review, and Spectrum, and in several anthologies including The Language I Was Broken In and Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity. She is a freelance editor for local poetry presses and a teacher.