This Is How We Start

In fall’s cool light—
San Francisco weather,
no need for rain dates
or snow cancellations.
Paradise there, the smell
of jasmine in the hedges,
a lemon tree in the back-
yard, our first house, our first
child, those first days of her life
when I lost my sense of humor
because everything was about keeping
her alive and not knowing how
to survive. I remember our first
drive & arriving & finding
I’d forgotten to buckle
her car seat. How precarious
and real this newness—
had I suddenly transformed
into some kind of god?

Sarah Dickenson Snyder has written poetry since she knew there was a form with conscious line breaks. She has three poetry collections, The Human Contract (2017), Notes from a Nomad (nominated for the Massachusetts Book Awards 2018), and With a Polaroid Camera (2019). Recently, poems appeared in Rattle, The Sewanee Review, and RHINO Poetry. A 30/30 Poet for Tupelo Press, she was accepted both times she applied to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. One poem was selected by Mass Poetry to be stenciled on the sidewalk, another nominated for Best of Net 2017.  Her website: https://sarahdickensonsnyder.com.

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