of my end, gown sterile
as a field of alabaster lilies.
Summer arrived, traced your name
by the sea on shifting sand,
blue water scattering the sun's
glitter. Fall, leaves a kaleidoscope
of bronze, sienna, and honey.
Fall shook the fields, stripped
thinning willows of what remained.
Winter came, unforgiving: ice storm
in the desert, glass dagger dangling
from rotted eaves, final
ember of a dying fire,
no warmth from another.
Janna Vought received her MFA from Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri, is an AWP Intro Journal's Nominee in Poetry for 2013, and has published in multiple genres.