October Eighth
Rebecca Macijeski
The knots in the porch slats whorl into faces,
oval yawns in the woodgrain.
Dozens of starers fixed under what moves above them.
Brown-bodied sparrows clamor at the feeder
knocking food loose from the perch their feet
grab hold of. What they don't eat lands on the lawn
with a chance to open, to dig in, 
and come out new again as corn or flowers.

They'll become faces, someday, the softness of pink,
their petals rounding up, taller each morning.
Each bloom a recitation of what it learned 
in the earth, a new chance to see.
Rebecca Macijeski received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2011 and is currently studying toward a PhD in Poetry at University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she serves as an Assistant Editor in Poetry for Hunger Mountain and Prairie Schooner. She also is an assistant to Ted Kooser's newspaper project, American Life in Poetry. Some of her recent work has been featured as part of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, and she is a recipient of a 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. She has attended artist residencies with The Ragdale Foundation and Art Farm Nebraska. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poet Lore, Painted Bride Quarterly, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Whiskey Island, Lullwater Review, Fickle Muses, Phantom Drift, Border Crossing, Fourteen Hills, and others.

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