by Christina M. Rau
We have roof access too
he sent in an early message
along with photos: royal sky
close alongside angular roof-
top structures (this month we’d
learned birds have structures
like beaks and wings). A frost
climbed across every flat surface.
At what temperature will it all
bow. At what degree does it all
burst. Breath on cold wind taken
away to higher heights not pictured.
The boys still sleep in rooms below.
The background appears
fuzzy—they must be hills. No,
mountains more distant. No, they are
shadows. No, most likely, snow
drifting on the lens
Christina M. Rau (she/her) is the author of What We Do To Make Us Whole, the Elgin Award-winning Liberating The Astronauts, and two poetry chapbooks. She served as Poet-in-Residence for Cedarmere and the Oceanside Library (NY) and was the Walt Whitman Birthplace Poet of the Year. Her poetry airs on Destinies radio show (WUSB). www.christinamrau.com | Instagram & Twitter @christinamrau