Poetry & Art

Again and Again

I build fires

just long enough                                                                                                                                                                  to choke on the smoke                                                                                                                                                 and blind my eyes

I smother the flames

every time

with my own breath                                                                                                                                                             the desire to give heat away

I carry the ashes                                                                                                                                                        in my rain jacket pocket                                                                                                                                       like loose change

I’m sure I’ll let go of someday

by Rachel Lefebre

Rachel Lefebre has a BA in English and Creative Writing from John Carroll University, where she enjoyed writing and editing the university's literary journal The Carroll Review. She now lives in Charleston, SC where she uses her Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership degree to work as an advocate for those struggling with substance use disorders.

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