by McKenna Themm


of the lord

be upon you and

your cherry cheekbones and

your cotton-colored hair,

as you dance around

in circles,

putting to air

our paper sketches

of daffodils and crows.


And even if god turns


to watch over others,

I will protect you —

even when our bodies are


but dust

in the ground.


McKenna Themm is an MFA student at San Diego State University. Her poems have been published by Ekphrastic Review, The Poet, Bryant Literary Review, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Evening Street Press & Review, and The Headlight Review, among others. Her chapbook Ever Yours, Vincent is forthcoming from dancing girl press. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of boats against the current, the managing editor at The Los Angeles Review, a Content Strategist at Archer Education, and the MFA Director’s Assistant at SDSU.

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