thinking of a daughter I will never hold

by Amanda Rabaduex

I carry only whys in me
no answers
according to sky
I am a scale
two hands weighing
the heaven and hell of things
next to breath
next to Canis Majoris
we are and aren’t anything
even the sun can be invisible
I keep looking at stars and what
do I find
what do I find?

Amanda Rabaduex is a writer, educator, and Air Force veteran. Her poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in several publications and received a nomination for the Pushcart Prize. She is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Wilkes University, and she is the current poetry editor of River and South Review. Originally from Ohio, she now lives near the Smoky Mountains.


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