We wanted

to get at causes:

we hunted

for berry, grass,

water, taproot,


When you

go digging,

expect to get


down in the hole

so long

you forget

what light is.

I climb out,


to stare

at the bones

of all I have


Lauren Scharhag

Lauren Scharhag is an award-winning writer of fiction and poetry. She is the author of Under Julia, The Ice Dragon, The Winter Prince, West Side Girl & Other Poems, and the co-author of The Order of the Four Sons series. Her poems and short stories have appeared in over eighty journals and anthologies, including Voice of Eve, Isacoustic, The American Journal of Poetry, and Gambling the Aisle. She lives in Kansas City, MO. To learn more about her work, visit: www.laurenscharhag.blogspot.com

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