RITUAL BEFORE SPRING

DELANEY OLMO

Winter has ended as remaining

icicles shatter from rain gutter

edges onto the cemented pavement,

while the floating citrine sun beams

 

from cotton-serrated cloud film.

All the oranges that fell from the trees,

I had hulled away frostbitten with all

the melting snow; immersing the corpses

back into the earth for next year

 

under the agate blue lace sky.

Within a clay hole I flay the

remaining skin and bury myself

beneath this orange tree.

sand hills

Delaney R. Whitebird Olmo (Kashia Pomo, Yurok) is a poet living in Fresno, CA. She attends the Fresno State MFA Program. Her work can be found in Rockvale Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Visual Verse, and others. 

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