Resolutions by Susan J. Atkinson

Poem name: Resolutions Poet name: Susan J Atkinson Poem begins: 6 am and Marta sits at the breakfast table fingers carefully stepping over crumbs  dishes washed and stacked, laundry folded neatly floors already mopped, though no one is expected  visitors do not come to this house, and nothing  is as still as this morning, the first of the year  Marta sits alone building crumbs John has said no there will be   										no more children  in this empty swell of quiet Marta sculpts crumbs into the scarred wood  By 10, a little girl moulded  from the bread smiles at her   										small heart beating. End of Poem.  Credits: Copyright © Susan J. Atkinson Previously published in The Marta Poems (Silver Bow Publishing, 2020). Susan J. Atkinson’s poems have won a number of awards, most recently first prize in the 2019 National Capital Writers Contest and Honourable Mention in the 2020 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse. She has new work in Grain Magazine and The Queen’s Quarterly. Her first full-length collection, The Marta Poems was published by Silver Bow Publishing in 2020 and her chapbook The Birthday Party, The Mariachi Player and The Tourist was released earlier in 2021 by Catkin Press. Visit