by Sarah Dickenson Snyder
after Spencer Finch’s “Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning”
Say the unerased.
Say the unimaginable stilled.
Say that blue is a new color as if it could stay.
Say rows and rows of thousands of shades.
Say they are placeholders for what has no words.
Say the unforgotten.
Say the slate I carve is a stone tablet.
Say I press ink into paper.
Say the only thing I know is touch.
Say I am animal with tools.
Say terracotta pots are gardens.
Say apple. Say pomegranate.
Say blue over & over & it will.
Say blossom and leaf to the wolf
of dust & smoke & remains.
Sarah Dickenson Snyder lives in Vermont, carves in stone, & rides her bike. Travel opens her eyes. She has three poetry collections, The Human Contract (2017), Notes from a Nomad (nominated for the Massachusetts Book Awards 2018), and With a Polaroid Camera (2019) with another book forthcoming in 2023. Poems have been nominated for Best of Net and a Pushcart Prize. Recent work is in Rattle, Lily Poetry Review, and RHINO. sarahdickensonsnyder.com