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"Fall" & "Window sent" by Marisca Pichette


but one time I took a leaf that followed

me home from 5th grade

and I kept it in a pie dish

that was never meant for pie but apple on top it displayed

orphaned paper of new

fall, and old cold.

Dropping degrees and keep it high,

don’t let it touch the ground

dusted with cherry pits that never

quite break down with the

coffee grounds, diligently

planted where only

one day says

we should trim, cut

back to summers as a child—

Calvin and Hobbes and clover soup

I made with lemonade

And stared up through leaf skins

And wished this moment would never

Senesce, never fall

but abscission is unavoidable in New

England, and pie tins aren’t


to carry us



Window sent

Sap flow

(frozen) interrupted, cool freeze lungs

one after one after one

splashing, echoing, fading away into

growls of diesel.

A shovel flies past—but the earth is


or sleeping. A heartbeat falters

without a balm to treat it. One after

one after

one goes past, doesn’t look, doesn’t grow.

No green no blood no gel in

February streets soaked in salt.

One after one after

Three-four-five sentinels waiting,

buried, enclosed, silenced, naked in the

snow. Bound up in living coffins

they wait, sympathizing with each tremor as it

passes. One after one


the sun fades behind winter skies.

They continue, dead dying the dead

rock dying dying world. One after

Again, in the closed-off field,

sap waits for spring.

Marisca Pichette is a queer author based in Western Massachusetts, on Pocumtuck and Abenaki land. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Magazine, Room Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, Fantasy Magazine, Necessary Fiction, and Plenitude Magazine, among others. She is the winner of the 2022 F(r)iction Spring Literary Contest and has been nominated for the Pushcart, Utopia, and Dwarf Stars Awards. Their debut poetry collection, Rivers in Your Skin, Sirens in Your Hair, is out now from Android Press. Find them on Twitter as @MariscaPichette and Instagram as @marisca_write.


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