GLEAH POWERS

Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Issue 10, January 2014

“You must read, 'My Father,' the poem by Gleah Powers to see what she describes as a 'methane star snowflake.’" —Ellen Beals in the review of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Solace in a Book

My Father

I remember the scent of my father,

the smoke from his cigarettes

embedded in the leather band of his Timex watch,

the smell of morphine and cancer as he died

at the Soldiers and Sailors home in Quincy, Illinois.

 

I was thinking of the soul.

That methane star snowflake

pelting down from the cosmos,

landing in Chicago on a muggy day in June.

 

"My Father" was also chosen for publication in The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2014.