Tenth of No Wonder

Tenth of No Wonder, month

of plucked birds, caverns

stuffed with stale bread,

the hearts fed

to cats who lick

their lips. More

hot chocolate, more bourbon,

more to lose in fewer

words of shivered

shorter lines. Earlier

dark and earlier still

till after Dissemble

when we will celebrate

future perfect Spring.

Nancy Scott’s over 650 essays and poems have appeared in magazines,¬†literary journals, anthologies, newspapers, and as audio commentaries. She has published three chapbooks, and won First Prize in the 2009 International Onkyo Braille Essay Contest. Recent work appears in Breath and Shadow, Braille Forum, Disabilities Studies Quarterly, Philadelphia Stories, and Wordgathering.