OVERCAST by stephanie roberts

you’ve tasted the soup
of scorched tomato and broccoli
that set your teeth on edge
but you’ve not met that loss
that permanently skews
the jaw
grief that plants
sunset in the eye forever
remember the high-spirited mum
with a quick and rainbow smile
whose daughter died at nine
many decades ago
she carries that weather
like an open umbrella
bills got paid
lovers found
and lost found
and lost and lost
but it stayed
it stays
a reason for it makes you believe
in god
it makes you hate it
—your belief.


Copyright © stephanie roberts. Originally published in Banshee (Ireland, Issue 6).


stephanie roberts is a Québec-based poet whose collection rushes from the river disappointment will be released with McGill-Queen’s University Press as part of the Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series in 2020. Her work has been widely featured in such periodicals as Verse Daily, The New Quarterly, Arc Poetry, Crannóg, CV2, The /tƐmz/ Review, Canthius, and The Stockholm Review of Literature.  Find stephanie on Twitter @ringtales.

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