By Matt Schultz

Our stately row of Cypress trees
stand in formation against property line 
and elements: veterans of the frost 
and the scorch. No gust has yet
persuaded these old boughs to drop
the severed limb still hanging there
after all these years. Unrelenting 
clutch that won’t let go––or can’t, 
fearing the compost of forgetfulness.

Matthew Schultz teaches creative writing at Vassar College. He is the author of two novels: On Coventry and We, The Wanted. His poems have recently appeared in Rust + Moth, Thrush, and Sledgehammer. Matt’s chapbook, Icaros, is forthcoming from ELJ Editions in May 2022. 

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