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An X where you should be. 

Once, in a dream, I unearthed you. 

You, missing a shoe on the subway-  

Promised an unshaded spring. 


Since then, 

I think of you in flickers: 

When the dryer, a drum, 

when sunlight expands into infinity. 


We, together, in our tiny ways: 

genomes bumping into each other, 

our collective LPs- neighbors, 

my children with bare feet- 

humming Brahms while playing. 


My life an ofrenda. 

My face your portrait. 

Rachel Hoermann is a sophomore at UC Clermont, majoring in English. Rachel is managing editor for the East Fork Journal of the Arts and UC Clermont’s PTK – Honor Society president. Rachel lives with her husband, two daughters, and their menagerie of animals they have adopted from their volunteer work at The League for Animal Welfare. Rachel plans to continue her education at UC Uptown, working towards her Ph.D. 

What Rachel is currently reading: A Court of Thorn and Roses Series By: Sarah J. Maas, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood 

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