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Poems By Jason Sturner

Below Zero


A dimness has poured over the bright of her day,

where dirty light tightens around the body, squeezing

bitter truth from lemon-flavored karma.


An infant’s voice bounces and plays inside her head,

where love is a pale, frozen rainbow; shining

just faintly above an empty playground.


The choice came with the crystal air of a cruel winter.

The day was cold—unforgivably cold—but heat danced through it.

No one would come close to understanding this.


Now, she is rigid; severely pensive beneath falling white.

Acrobatic thoughts dissolve within her stillness

as winter coils around her, ready to strike:


And in the icy wind, a baby cries.

Tiny footprints in the snow fade away.

Where once was a life is now empty space—

empty space with a fading lullaby.


(First published in The Blind Man's Rainbow)



Naturalist, poet and writer Jason Sturner was born and raised in Chicago. For ten years he worked as a botanist. He now resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he enjoys the wildlife, folklore and music of the region. Sturner has published four books of poetry (all available as free downloads; see website). In addition to poetry he writes flash fiction, short stories, music lyrics and nature essays. His website is www.jasonsturner.blogspot.com

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