I knelt by the river

and looked

for a smooth stone

with a hole,

but the rock I found

was rough and riddled

with a network

of passages

sifting light and water,

sandstone worn

to fragile bridges

that are barely holding.

Agnes Vojta

Agnes Vojta grew up in Germany and now lives in Rolla, Missouri where she teaches physics at Missouri S&T. She is the author of Porous Land (Spartan Press, 2019). Her poems recently appeared in Nixes Mate Review, The Blue Nib, As It Ought To Be Magazine, Former People, Gasconade Review, Thimble Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. Her website is

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