Alison Prine

Abundance

years accumulate

magnolia, hepatica, weeping cherry

all in bloom

 

boulder, blossom, bullet

 

beneath the wide blue self-sufficient sky

my brother gave up

 

stones, shale, a shoreline shifts

we had discussed

his suicide many times before

 

all of those conversations

moved to the interior

 

one act became a monument

a landmark

never very far

 

even as a child

when I climbed onto his shoulders

 

that monument stood permanent

and heavy in our future

our laughter echoing off

 

it was a very difficult thing to do

 

inside the woods, briefly

a carpet of flowers

Alison Prine author photo - Alison Kelley.jpeg

 

 

Alison Prine’s debut collection of poems, Steel (Cider Press Review, 2016) was named a finalist for the 2017 Vermont Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Five Points, Harvard Review, and Prairie Schooner among others. She lives and works in Burlington, Vermont. Visit her at alisonprine.com.

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