by Matthew Kolb

The white pine staves of
the west barn stand
against the snow.
It should’ve been safe

it was built to
& we stood still inside
through the aphotic winter

but with the spring sun
came ivy blossoms pressing between
the crib planks

and an aperture for
the light
to seep through
and ruin us.


Matthew Kolb lives in rural Michigan. He is the winner of the 2014 Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters Poetry Prize. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Forklift, OH, The Michigan Poet, The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, Missed Connections and in The Offbeat by Michigan State University Press.

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