“after leaving this shell” by Scott Ferry

Image by Cristian Grigore from Pixabay

after leaving this shell lift now with the hospital exhaust— in light the cities blur arriving i am welcomed, mouthless— i step stingless over snow father, father i missed you— how do i unbreak this throat? can i sing to my children through these sumac roots? my wife, can i hold you with these hands of myrrh?

Scott Ferry helps Veterans heal as a RN in Renton, Washington. He has recent work in American Journal of Poetry, Misfit, and Cultural Weekly. His second book Mr. Rogers kills fruit flies is now available from Main St. Rag.

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