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Body Palmistry

Fate is broken My horse is dead, again

Trace the intricate ornament– the bloodlines of his body

My bracelets are scar tissue rings without moons

The wrong-winged sparrow writes her name upside down

a silent flight across a wreath of her own fallen feathers

The pattern is in forgiving

Everyone ever lost is spiriting I am spiriting

into a constellation of knots I wear my prayer

A sentence a delicate as lungs

Jenny Della Santa’s work can be found in Thrush, Palette Poetry, Pretty Owl Poetry & The Hunger. She was an Academy of American Poets College Poetry Prize winner and nominee for Best of The Net and Best New Poets. She has an MFA from Mills College and lives in Oakland with her husband and young daughter.

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