Treasure Island

Leo Yankevich

(October 30,1961 / Farrell, Pennsylvani)

Out Back


Amid the sudden flurries, shrill
bells toll beneath December cloud.
Martha opens lids, her will
one with the rooks that curse out loud:
*another day on bitter earth
passes over Tinker Hill.*

Reeking of mackerel culled from tins,
she bends for something of true worth,
reaches into a toppled barrel
the moment a miracle begins,
and, off-key, sings a Christmas carol
to celebrate a kitten's birth.

Submitted: Sunday, April 19, 2009
Edited: Monday, May 30, 2011

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