Three Bears, New Home

after a work in pen and monoprint by Marlena Bromschwig

And in the clearing, three tents
each larger than the next,
big leaning into small
as if to claim they’ve earned the right.

Roof lines a song of notes.
Canvas of frayed thread.
Pleats of wait beneath silhouette
of bird and nest.

Not doorways but openings,
soft in their call to shelter
where the ground
has been tamped

by we who would duck inside
any collapsing structure
and breathe the addled scent
of scat and fable.

To peer into the nets
of cobwebbed corners
then turn and exit
the ungathered edge.

Micki Blenkush lives in St. Cloud, MN and works as a social worker. She was selected as a 2017-2018 fellow in poetry for the Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series program and was a 2015 recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant awarded by the Central MN Arts Board. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals, including: Gyroscope Review, South 85 Review, and Pittsburgh Review.

See more of her work in 3.1 and 4.3 and 5.2 and 6.1