I regret I do not have a dear whose wrinkles I watch increase.
Instead, I accept the usual convention
because someone is
depending on me.
Instead, I study my own creeping lines,
the furrows from nose to chin,
upward scratches on the lip,
the face emerging—a familiar,
beloved potato shriveling.
Most recently Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gargoyle, Rhino, Psychic Meatloaf, Cortland Review, New Plains Review, Nocuta, Chaffey Review, Solo Novo, Bellingham Review, SNReview, Shark Reef, Monkeybicycle, Inertia, Atticus, and Anamalous Press. Turning Inside Out won the Black River Chapbook Prize and is available from Black Lawrence Press. Blue Eyes Don’t Cry won the Hackney Award for the Novel.