Lauren Henkin Silence Is An Orchard


I do not
want to peel
away our color
with my sharp

and yet
I do because
memory is the core
you eat around

Now our flesh
is exposed

and I landed
where I dropped

when the tree
let go

Now silence
is an orchard

is the last one
the last one
stealing sound

echoing as light
across a leaf

by Kirsten Rian

All images © courtesy of Lauren Henkin