Cleave

The world makes no distinction
between the knife that parts the wall
or sorts the army your heart has built,
or the one that makes room and way
for love, that open space we fill with nights
by the creek or sprawled on quilts
to watch the Perseids fall above us.
It makes no distinction

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Lisa J. Parker is the author of the 2010 Weatherford Award-winning book This Gone Place and her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Pennsylvania State University, and has been awareded the Randall Jarrell Prize In Poetry, the National Allen Tate Memorial Prize In Poetry, and an Academy of American Poets Prize.

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