Ahlaam Moledina

At the day’s blunt edge I finally
finish replanting the seeds you took from the soil
and cracked open with your cracked teeth lost
to that bloody trench in your abdomen
and reaching into it I curled my hand around
each seed like a surly child
and while you slept I returned them to the earth
for sunflowers to grow vast and forgiving in
the freezing dirt

When asked about the inspiration for this piece, Ahlaam said, “This pandemic has made me think a lot about our interpersonal relationships, and how, like the earth, they can go through cycles of growth and decay.”