Colonizer of borderlands, quiet claimer of spaces between, you are neither yin nor yang, but pink-smeared edge of our gray-brown wood, that space where fire coals brood themselves into burst of flame. In late winter of our discontent, you bridge our leap into spring, bleed wild and brief, as Icarus flew fierce and free before his final plunge. O flash of rebirth, you leave us sober hope, signal that nothing persists, not even despair, not even its sweet release. Jane Sasser Jane Sasser was born and raised on a farm in North Carolina. She grew up in a family of storytellers and began writing her own stories at the age of six. Her poetry has appeared in JAMA, North American Review, The Sun, and other publications. She has published three poetry chapbooks: What’s Underneath (Iris Press, 2020), Itinerant (Finishing Line, 2009), and Recollecting the Snow (March Street Press, 2008). Following a career as an English teacher in Tennessee, she retired to Fairview, NC, with her husband and retired greyhounds.