The Northville Review
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Christian Ward

Saturday. The sky unpeels
itself like an artichoke,
revealing a layer of hidden
blue. Birds, taut as origami,

slow to watch it flood over
the tops of apartment blocks
and church steeples. Cars
laden with their human cargo

ignore the sight and press on
to their destinations. Pistons
thrash against the darkness
of their existence,

eager to taste the light,
bitter and beautiful as salt.

About the author

Christian Ward is the author of Slippage (Erbacce Press, 2008). His poetry has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Diagram and Underground Voices. He has work forthcoming in The Emerson Review, Envoi and Decanto.