When a child asks, What is love?
Describe it as a sunburn—
warm glow from swelling stomach
like you’ve swallowed the sun whole.
Explain passion as hot hot heat
that sears through layer after layer.
Learn from the blisters.
Say how important it is
to still know your own skin below
when it all peels away.
Kara Knickerbocker is a writer from Saegertown, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in English from Westminster College in 2012. Her poetry and essays have been published or are forthcoming in print and online publications including: Construction, Longridge Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and the anthology Voices from the Attic Volume XXII, among others. She lives in Pittsburgh, where she works at Carnegie Mellon University and writes with Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops. Find more of her at https://karaknickerbocker.com.