count the days
and bones beneath your shirt
when berries of the mountain ash 
line the empty pond

trace the knot in the wood 
where the branch used to be
scrape the jar
yield to winter



Samantha Malay was born in Berlin, Germany and grew up in rural eastern Washington State. She is a graduate of Seattle University’s sociology program, a theatrical wardrobe technician by trade, and a mixed-media artist. Her poems have been published in The RavensPerch, Sheila-Na-Gig, Burningword Literary Journal, Sky Island, The Sea Letter, Alexandria Quarterly, Quiddity and Projector Magazine. Her published poetry can be found at

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