Gingerbread House Lit Mag

We Begin This Way

in dirt and thread, two birds
eying the loose hem of my skirt.
Stag-boy and I stand between

the words owl and nest, feet bare
in the river bend, mud settled
between our toes. We watch

two heaves of ice break
from the upper falls. He picks up
a stone warm with autumn light

and presses it into my open palm.

Stacey Balkun


Stacey Balkun received her MFA from Fresno State and her work has appeared or will appear in Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bodega, and others. She is a contributing writer for The California Journal of Women Writers at A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. Her chapbook, Lost City Museum, is forthcoming from ELJ Publications..

Artwork: Laura Makabresku, “kiss Her…”

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