Jane C. Miller
I didn’t know love came
with asterisks. That’s the lesson.
Violets wild on the lawn, scars
a million stars make in the dark—
our mistakes accumulate.
Why have I let them
guide me? Tell me why
I always confuse know
with no, my tongue that
staples the soft lamb’s ear.
Jane C. Miller’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, RHINO, and Bellevue Literary Review. A winner of the Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry Contest and two fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts, Miller is co-author of the poetry collection, Walking the Sunken Boards (Pond Road Press, 2019) and an editor of the online poetry journal, Quartet (www.quartetjournal.com).