Exceptions

Artist: Darcy Shank Literary work chosen by: Katie Cwiakala

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Artist: Darcy Shank

Literary work chosen by: Katie Cwiakala


Hues Among Fires

Katie Cwiakala

Bright hues found among fires

cascade from the trees high above

and float through the gusts

that bite your cheeks.


Cold white fades to sticky brown

and back again, until finally the

bright, hot, blinding sun emerges and

warmth hits your skin for the first time in months.


Fields become littered with the velvety shades

of pastels that dance when the sky sheds tears;

your lungs fill with a sickly sweet aroma

and buzzing insects find solace.


The blazing sun sinks into the horizon,

while laughter and playful screams

retreat into their cozy comforters

around the campfire that will soon resemble the forest.