Somehow the sapling bears it. Bears it and beautiful. Doubled over with its load of fresh snow. All things being in its favor today— velocity of the wind, water content of the flakes— today’s storm will not break it. But how close to the edge, the snap, the crack? What […]
CINDY VEACH is the author of Her Kind (CavanKerry Press, forthcoming), Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press), named a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and a ‘Must Read’ by The Massachusetts Center for the Book and the chapbook, Innocents (Nixes Mate). Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Series, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore,
Michigan Quarterly Review, Diode and elsewhere. She received the Phillip Booth Poetry Prize and the Samuel Allen Washington Prize. Cindy is co-poetry editor of Mom Egg Review.
After a Phone Call From My Daughter
Dad Watches Us Walk to School, Watertown, 1959
by Cindy Veach
It’s pouring. Mom’s pregnant again, on bed rest. Kindergarten and first grade. We’re allowed to walk to school. Alone. He says he watched us from the window. Leave the house in our yellow slickers. Cross the street. Turn right. Holding hands. He’s brought this memory up so many times— My big brother. Me. […]