How Their World Was Created

by Tonya Eberhard

with fishtail, wishbone

bundle of rags and twigs

tar, bird’s nest, twine

rotten wood and rusted nails

chipped buttons, stitch-fixed eyes

 

needle, needle thread

  pin together the dead

a Lazarus in a linen sheet

eat. eat. eat.

 

Oh, yellow moon

     Oh, shell shock gun

Leave it all

in a land of ghosts who yearn to walk among the living

a past orphaned from a future

   a small thing lost

 

Tonya Eberhard’s most recent work has appeared in Atlas and Alice, DuM dUm zine & press, and Picaroon Poetry. She lives in Minnesota.

 

Art by Michelle Johnsen, art editor

Michelle Johnsen is a nature and portrait photographer in Lancaster, PA, as well as an amateur herbalist and naturalist. Her work has been featured by It’s Modern Art, Susquehanna Style magazine, Permaculture Activist magazine, EcoWatch.com, EarthFirst! Journal, Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, and used as album art for Grandma Shake!, Anna & Elizabeth, and Liz Fulmer Music. Michelle’s photos have also been stolen by APweather.com, The Daily Mail, and Lancaster Newspapers. You can contact her at mjphoto717 [at] gmail.com.