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Mitten by Jennifer MacBain-Stephens

One heavy black mitten
barely holding a yanking leash.
The mitten and I and dog
walk together into heavy
black night surrounded
in snow from bottom to top:
snow covered sidewalks,
snow covered holiday lights,
snow covered roofs.
The one mitten always in front of me,
pulling me to witness
the next lit up gingerbread house.
Together in the dark
looking into homes
blinded like mole rats
from glowing kitchen lights from within.
Light expected, but also
shocking every twenty yards.
Families circling tables,
sometimes a television on,
a lamp lit.
Even the wide-set tree trunks
along the street
have knitted cozies
enveloping their cracked parts.
Community knitting groups
showcasing their best.
Mitten me this-
cold hand cracked,
the blood lines forming-
is there anything worse
than not being warm-
not having the other.

 


Jennifer MacBain-Stephens graduated from New York University, and currently lives in Iowa City, IA. She is the author of the chapbook “EveryHerDies,” (ELJ Publications, forthcoming 2014.) She has written four YA non-fiction books (Rosen Publishing) and has poems published in Emerge Literary Journal, Superstition Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Thirteen Myna Birds, Rufous City Review, Menacing Hedge, Stirring, Eunoia Review, Star82Review, Burningwood Journal, Bitterzoet Magazine, and other journals online and in print. She participated in Iowa City’s 2013 Poetry in Public Project and was recently nominated for Best of the Net. For a complete list of publications visit:http://jennifermacbainstephens.wordpress.com/

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