Muscling in the blinds
in lines of light,

the sun sharpens
your shoulder blades

as you sleep. I wake
with banners of words pulled

through a sea-side sky,
lift the covers’ wide wing.

There is no quiet like morning,
no center flowering

like a journal opening.
I feel another symmetry

when I surrender
to the small gods

that pull my hand
across the page.

from Issue 4

SARAH DICKENSON SNYDER has written poetry since she knew there was a form of writing with conscious linebreaks. She has three poetry collections: The Human Contract (2017), Notes from a Nomad (nominated for the Massachusetts Book Awards 2018), and With a Polaroid Camera (2019). Recently, poems have appeared in Artemis, The Sewanee Review, and RHINO.

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