Cynthia Hogue


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The Changeling

Loftur. His name means air,
and my cries
wend up to him,
floating
on the currents
of afterbirth, the veil

of second sight
still wrapped around his head.
You mean wind.
Husband, I know what I named him.
He witnessed his own birth;
it caught his breath

like a raven swooping to catch a berry
as it drops from the bush.
When a cold front moved off sea,
to the ring of mountains--
everything gave way to stillness
I could not escape.

His first impulse was flight
out from under this lid
toward another vision,
but ...

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