Left to Itself the Heart Could Almost Melt, Mend

By Jill Osier b. 1974 Jill Osier
When the Amish girl gets off the bus
she walks over and stomps
her small black boot into a drift
in front of McDonald's.   
She is maybe new to winter   
this far north and wants to know   
its depth. Its give. Oh,   
be careful. It already has you   
by the night of your dress,   
violet-black with white-dotted print.

Source: Poetry (October 2008).


This poem originally appeared in the October 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

October 2008
 Jill  Osier


Jill Osier's work has been awarded a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. She is the author of a letterpress chapbook Bedful of Nebraskas. Her poems appear widely.

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SUBJECT Activities, Travels & Journeys, Nature, Winter

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