Last Leaf Before Winter, by Jessica Burts
Winning Poem from Poetry for the Mind's Joy, The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress
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This poem was submitted for the "Poetry for the Mind's Joy" project and is reproduced here with permission from the author. All rights reserved. Poetry for the Mind's Joy is Poet Laureate Kay Ryan's project that includes a community college poetry contest administered by the Community College Humanities Association and a lively videoconference.
September will never come
she said. Crop
circles in her eyes
back to Earth when
forward. The cigarette butt
touches the ground.
It’s cancer he
said. She smiled and
tipped the man.
Then, laughed all the way home.
Gwinnett Technical College, Lawrenceville, GA
Faculty Contact: Rebecca Alexander, Program Director, English