Fragments Approaching Sixty

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Donna Vorreyer


The body, a mitten full of bees. A drawer
of angry brooches.The glass half-empty,
and I emptied it. A message in a bottle

that says you must change your attitude.
Oh, world, we are both so broken.

Maple pods helicopter down in autumn
air. I strip away the parchment to reveal
a smooth green seed beneath, a promise.

I want to be peeled back like this.
How veined and fragile I am beneath my coat.

Donna Vorreyer is the author of To Everything There Is (2020), Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (2016), and A House of Many Windows (2013), all from Sundress Publications, as well as eight chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Baltimore Review, Tinderbox Poetry, Poet Lore, Sugar House Review, Waxwing, and other journals, and she serves as an associate editor for Rhino Poetry. Recently retired from 36 years in public education, she looks forward to new adventures.