What I Didn’t Photograph

What I Didn’t Photograph Kierstin Bridger The purple silhouette on white icing of snow cottonwood, cottonwood, cottonwood. Would you believe how often I look to you, archangel, in your hallowed stem, braintree, mountain corral, redeemer. You are my shadow, tree. There wasn’t a time when you did not carry my a√ection— walking the crumbled sidewalks— hometown wire fences couldn’t restrain unabashed, soft-confetti release which turned sodden hours later after the rains ruined your joy— caterpillar-like flu√ amid aspen leaves in the gutter—you littered the way to church, me in my scu√ed patent leather not alone, not alone, not alone. You, like the Jesus in my heart. Even in your sorrowful waste, your dual spirit of blizzard flight, and course ashen bark— tough gray skin, you, elephant who won’t forget— I know you trumpet inaudibly low, mourn the grief I bury, we all bury, your lifespan is shorter than an oak but lingers in rough-sawn stumps which dot the landscape: burnt grass lawns, pasture, and town parks. Your telepathy tastes like milk from a kindergarten carton, like vanilla wafers melted on the tongue. Perhaps I should have pulled over, waded through the drifts to capture the contrast of bright regal boughs, your stolid http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

What I Didn’t Photograph

Prairie Schooner, Volume 91 (2) – Aug 9, 2017

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Kierstin Bridger The purple silhouette on white icing of snow cottonwood, cottonwood, cottonwood. Would you believe how often I look to you, archangel, in your hallowed stem, braintree, mountain corral, redeemer. You are my shadow, tree. There wasn’t a time when you did not carry my a√ection— walking the crumbled sidewalks— hometown wire fences couldn’t restrain unabashed, soft-confetti release which turned sodden hours later after the rains ruined your joy— caterpillar-like flu√ amid aspen leaves in the gutter—you littered the way to church, me in my scu√ed patent leather not alone, not alone, not alone. You, like the Jesus in my heart. Even in your sorrowful waste, your dual spirit of blizzard flight, and course ashen bark— tough gray skin, you, elephant who won’t forget— I know you trumpet inaudibly low, mourn the grief I bury, we all bury, your lifespan is shorter than an oak but lingers in rough-sawn stumps which dot the landscape: burnt grass lawns, pasture, and town parks. Your telepathy tastes like milk from a kindergarten carton, like vanilla wafers melted on the tongue. Perhaps I should have pulled over, waded through the drifts to capture the contrast of bright regal boughs, your stolid

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Published: Aug 9, 2017

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