Derek Gromadzki


Orant


Hang  a hand on heaven’s edge
and   plod
away    away  into  duration
 if   ever  a  cleft   in  millennia
ever  deeper  than  did plummet
sound
a  cry   so  soon obeyed
as  soon  forgotten
cause  forgiveness   and  we  slow
rows  of  remembrance  march



Derek Gromadzki is an MFA and PhD student at the University of Iowa. His most recent work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, The Brooklyner, Cavalier Literary Couture, and CutBank, and is forthcoming in Midway, The Journal, American Letters & Commentary, and other publications.

“My fondest porch memories are from the summers I used to spend on my grandparents’ farm. The front porch of the farmhouse gave right onto an apple orchard. I remember collecting all the ripest apples I could find and sitting for hours, eating them and staring off into the trees.”

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