Issue 9: Horizontal vs. Vertical
A Publication of the USF MFA in Writing Program

Tracings & Carbons

Micah Ballard

For several days
I waited for the sun to come up
then went back to work
the winged ones were of lowest rank
(intermediary beings)
I said nothing of their features
but recognized them
by the little flames above their heads
I began to feel hungry
& felt around with my feet
to see if I was touching the floor
wanting their leave in me
they held out their arms
the months & years began to add up
my body was first to go
added lines, creases to the skin
then it was the hair & eyes
previous lives conjured then rewritten
some of them stayed close
while others chose to come & go
now I bring them paper & ink
wait on days to receive

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