Reprieve

A stone, a feather, a shell—Ontario’s
winter shoreline, windswept steps fade
away in a stretch of blue sand where a smoky
horizon smudges a temporal seal of sky
& water—its subconscious, rising
like cold moonlight on a path that tilts
in & out of fog—a paradise few find
at a glance, but those who do, disappear
in its obscurity, leaving behind
a stone, a feather, a shell.

M. J. Iuppa lives on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. She is Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor at St. John Fisher College.  Her third full-length poetry collection Small Worlds Floating is forthcoming from Cherry Grove Collections in August 2016.

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