Exchange

        by AKaiser

       for Laura & LD Nelson 

Before leaving you see the two of you
baking bread. His Grandma's recipe here
last night in this now still kitchen. Braided
just perfectly for the two of you. With 
Sadie's news you'll take yourself to the cell
where they have this grandson, this son, held up
for an offense, what offense, can we know. 

I've put on my best dress & wedding ring 
the one I fixed on those years ago from 
Mother's coffret after she passed. I loved
how the green stone shone with light like water.
I'll tread to the jail and offer myself
in bound exchange for my innocent boy.
I'll present the cold case for all of us.


Finalist 2021 Poetry International Prize
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