The skins stir
how long we counted the dead
winter newsprint painted over
I pick up my bundle of silences
in the snow our shoulders scrape
the new trees
I twist the black branches into letters
Michael Battisto has work that can be found or forthcoming in About Place Journal, The Shore, Josephine Quarterly, MoonPark Review, HAD, Frogpond, and elsewhere. Born in Chicago, he has lived in New York, Wyoming, Arizona and Texas. Now he lives in Oakland, California. Find him at https://www.michaelbattisto.com.