Sarah Detweiler, What Lies Beneath, 2018 (Artist Website, Etsy Shop)
Oil, watercolor, gouache, and embroidery thread on paper
20 x 16”

there was so much grief to go around

but the men could only grieve for themselves

grief too much for their bodies

so they hung it in the trees

my father to the crabapple

Judas to the redbud

even though they had been promised

something more than their bodies

even though they were only grieving

a body

but I didn’t dare speak of freedom now

swallowed the magnetic blue feathers

of the magpies in my mouth

helped my mother fix

dinner for my father, while the crabapple

blossoms fell away

from the kitchen window

Emily Stoddard