Nine days after Valentine’s,
the wind refrigerates our faces.
Canadian geese abandon the ponds.
Your bouquet rests on top of yard waste.
Broken winter branches raise the dozen roses
whose fringes have only just begun
to blacken, the petals still red,
still straining to be red
always, a world between us.
Image by USFWS
Cameron Morse taught and studied in China. He is currently an MFA candidate at UMKC and lives with his wife, Lili, in Blue Springs, Missouri. His work has been or will be published in I-70 Review, TYPO, Sleet, Small Print Magazine, Two Hawks Quarterly and First Class Literary Magazine.