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Quadriptych of Loss

Michele Mekel

I.           Estranged

The world reopens.

Uninvited, I watch from the window. 

Love blooms on the other side of glass.


II.         Hollow

My hands, head, heart were 

emptied—but just not in that

specific order.

III.        Specters

Ghosts in the garden

—tears unwept, words unspoken—

haunted my stone heart.

VI.        Colors of You

Don’t worry, my love.

I’ll write your poem

with marking pens

in rainbow hues.

Living in Happy Valley, Michele Mekel wears many hats: writer, editor, educator, bioethicist, poetess, cat herder, witch, and woman. With more than 150 published poems, her work has appeared in various academic and creative publications, including being featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and nominated for Best of the Net. Her poetry has also been translated into Cherokee. She served as co-principal investigator for the Viral Imaginations:

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