I wish for endings
like tied shoe strings.

I seek finishing
like stains on cut tree limbs,
glossy in death
and dining-room tables.

I hunger for a last supper
of salted tears.

I dream of a wake
with super-glued caskets

and a heart that masks
its cracks and breaks

like me and you—



(A previous version of this poem appeared in Star*Line as “The Jinni’s Wish.”)



Image Credits: Scott Richard

Anna Kander

Anna Kander is a Pushcart Prize-nominated author in the Midwestern US. Her first poetry collection, SLIDE A MIRROR TO ME, was published by Transcendent Zero Press in 2017. Her poems and stories have also appeared in GRAVEL, ELLIPSIS, TRAIN, and other journals. Anna writes with her sidekick, a fearless blue fish who doesn't realize he's one inch tall. Find her at

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One thought on “Closure

  • December 30, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Interesting imagery, stanzas two and four especially.


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