Bone Broth by Laurie Koensgen

It becomes a captive bird again,
the roasted carcass
caught up in your palms.
You lower it into the pot

and something like anguish
rises from the bones
before they sink into the heft
of peppercorns and cloves.

A crepe-like wreath
of celery leaves
settles in bereavement
over the twice-claimed frame.


Copyright © Laurie Koensgen.


Laurie Koensgen’s poems have appeared in Literary Review of Canada, Arc Poetry Magazine, In/Words, Barren Magazine, Juniper: A Poetry Journal, Ottawater, Burning House Press, Kissing Dynamite, and elsewhere. She was shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Poetry 2018 and received the Honourable Mention in Arc’s 2018 Diana Brebner Prize. Laurie is a founding member of Ottawa’s Ruby Tuesdays poetry collective. Find her on Twitter @EkeLore.

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