William Michaelian

Poems, Notes, and Drawings

A Sturdy Leaf

Memory’s a sturdy leaf — sycamore, say, or valley oak,

placed beneath a sheet of grade school paper fleck’d and grain’d,

and a crayon in your hand — rubb’d across its ribs and veins,

it surfaces in your chosen color — and all you love

begins again — father, mother, supper table,

open kitchen window — and somewhere, off in the distance,

carry’d nigh by the divine providence of dust — a coyote howls.

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