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