Everything is heavier in death:
gravity seducing mouse
between my fingers behind the barn,
dangling pendulum like grandfather
clock, wood carved like marble etched,
pinned beneath gravestone like
Atlas beneath sky, how it darkened
the night my mother watched
her father die, her footsteps weighing
down the midnight hall, white eyelids
& unspoken goodbyes.

Rebecca Orten is a sixteen-year-old high school sophomore from Vermont. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Bennington College’s Young Writers Award, and local papers.

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