Connecticut River,
thinned to a tensionless
film, almost silverleaf-
mirroring the could-grey sky.

A single bullnose carp,
deep copper
against the rivermurk–
it appears frozen.
A glyph installed by
Damien Hirst.

A last remaining ice raft
holds on the surface,
dancing against forces
that lap-edge the river.

Cold wet air,
thick with
scrub pine
and mossy decomposition.

From this place,
the mind asks—
why this again?

– Mark Youseff

I am a practicing physician and graduate student in English at Northern Kentucky University. I live in Newport, Kentucky with my wife, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and multiple plants.

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