song for a stillborn
you thought you were losing me in a peculiar eclipse.
our singular radiance became uncertain,
awash, in a paucity of light.
pressing close to me, and pressing
close to me, and pressing close
in a belly of tears
and I didnt know.
i felt you moist and alive
but too near to manage life.
you gave up and so
you werent given
but remain in me
Kevin M. Simmonds studied music and writing at Vanderbilt University,
Mills College and Middle Tennessee State University. His writings have
appeared or are forthcoming in Black Bear Review, Haight-Ashbury Literary
Journal, Folio: A Literary Journal, and the anthology Beyond the Frontier,
among others. He teaches in Tono, Japan.