After Leaving My Father at the Hospital on Christmas Day,

After leaving my father at the hospital on Christmas Day,

everywhere I look, I see eruption. A startle
of ice cracks off a branch above my head.
A local dog goes from saunter to sprint
at the sight of a squirrel.

I have parked
beneath a tree still flush with berries,
grape-like and browned, knocked loose
by the fierce wind and exploded
into mush on the hood of my car.

Little organs.
Little clots sticky as tar.

I swipe at them with my gloves, rub
them with snow to wash away
the streaks before they freeze.

 Stroke, a slow movement across a surface,
a new rowing across an old world.


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About the author

Donna Vorreyer

Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress, 2013) as well as eight chapbooks, most recentlyThe Girl (Porkbelly Press). Her poems and reviews have appeared in numerous journals including Waxwing, Rhino, Quarterly West, Poet Lore, Diode and Sugar House Review.