I snap the twig to try to trap the springing and I relearn the same lesson. You cannot make a keepsake of this season. Your heart's not the source of that sort of sap, lacks what it takes to fuel, rejects the graft, though for a moment it's your guilty fist that's flowering. You're no good
Dora Malech is the author of Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2010) and Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser Press, 2009). She is the recipient of a Glenn Schaeffer Poetry Award, a Writer’s Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center, and a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. She teaches at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore.