The lady has found twelve ridges of summer
in a skeleton. The flesh is rumored to work backwards
from dust, and then grin like an oak leaf among caterpillars.
Or the flesh wakes again, with its new jaws
arched towards starlight, or it tightens into the heart valves
of a dragon. The lady begins there for a child.
Clyde Kessler lives in Radford, VA with his wife Kendall and their son Alan. He’s a founding member of Blue Ridge Discovery Center, an environmental education organization in southwestern Virginia and western North Carolina.