Break

Codes, cups, knee caps
your mother’s back
the camel’s
a toe, a tooth, a leg
a collarbone
a promise, an oath
capillaries
into cobalt
ecchymoses

break into
a sweat, a sob, a run
someone
to break your fall
mid-air

batter a trail
of clues and crumbs
only a magpie would steal

break skin silence
break ranks
patterns and pace
break camp
as dawns breaks
the night open
paints silver
breaker waves
the sunrise spatters red.

Marie-Andrée Auclair’s poems have appeared in a variety of print and online publications in the United States, Canada, Ireland and in the United Kingdom. Her chapbook Contrails was released by In/Words Magazine & Press and Press/Ottawa. She lives in Canada.

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