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Isaac Rankin


I read that Earth’s precise tilt

of 23.5º

causes the seasons

thus life exists

and for now

We’re here

When February rain

badgers our little house

and skeleton trees

quiver in the wind

I’m hopeful that earth

is still a spinning phoenix

That the violets

will awake one night

while I sleep

and give the signal

All clear

Then everything

beyond this window

will rise from the dead

and bring me

along for the ride

About the Author

Isaac Rankin lives in Charlotte, NC, where he works as a financial adviser. His poems, creative nonfiction, and short stories have appeared in the Indianapolis Review, Potomac Review, William & Mary Review, and other places. His first collection of poetry, Wonderings, was recently published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company.

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