In three seconds, she/I will no longer remember
the inconsistency of this moment,
or the mundane thrill on your/our breath.
which she/I/we thought was a shield,
beats itself into petrified wood
smoother than the underside of your/our eyelid.
Violet Mitchell is a Denver-based writer and artist. She is working toward a B.A S. in cognitive literary studies, while completing a competitive BA/MFA dual studies degree in creative writing in poetry, both from Regis University. Her work has been published in Loophole, Flourishing, Across the Canyon, Who’s Who, Sixfold, ANGLES, Furrow Magazine, and several other journals. She received the Robert A. O’Sullivan, S.J. Memorial Award for Excellence in Writing in 2019 for her dedication to creativity and her art.