Alimony for A Church Mouse

Following steps
leading to a sanctuary
Unable to let go

Invisible forest pathways
only as big as the interior
of rounded bone, only
as wide as the late winter
skyline closure

Softly after
some god
or fairy flower
blew a sailship
wishing across the brain

the wood-world
universe and small feet
trampings, easing out
memories of the chapel
of fire and roses

The church that fell
into squalor
when the mice
weren’t given free rein



About the Poet:
Santino DallaVecchia is a poet and essayist from Michigan, and is the former Editor-in-Chief of See Spot Run Literary and Arts Journal. His work has appeared in The Timberline Review, Heron Tree, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, Birch Gang Review, Gambling the Aisle, as well as Peculiar Mormyrid. He divides his time between Lansing, Detroit, and Grand Rapids.


Photo by Steve and Janet.


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