A hundred maps line the walls,
but scale representations of cities,
mountains, rivers, roads,
castles, museums, dramatic views
never show the secret places,
the precious depths and heights
to which humans fly
in dream. Careful pens draw
the boundaries of the living,
but the dead walk paths unseen,
to places our waking hearts forget.
If mortal hands could map the skies,
make clouds into countries
or sunsets into salvation,
what strange markets would open,
what ghosts would take our gold
and turn it into ashy treasure?
And what more can we carry back
but our changed hearts,
broken for a night and mended by morning?

Jennifer Crow

When she’s not writing poetry and fiction, Jennifer Crow blogs about the intersection of creativity and spirituality as the Unrepentant Scribbler. She’s learning to crochet, and has progressed past the stage where everything is a tangle of yarn and profanity. Her latest short story, “Cover Her Ghost in a Feathered Cape,” can be found in Hadley Rille Books’ new anthology, Ruins Excavation. She lives beside a waterfall in the wilds of western New York state.

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