The Shortest Night
And when I looked up,the sky had also turned black,and I had aged ahundred more feet down the road.The owl was on thenext tree with mirrors as eyes,in case I wantedto see my future. When Ilooked, I lost another year.
Copyright © 2021 by Victoria Chang.
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission.
Victoria Chang’s poetry books include OBIT, Barbie Chang, The Boss, Salvinia Molesta, and Circle. Her children’s books include Is Mommy?, illustrated by Marla Frazee, and Love, Love, a middle grade novel. She lives in Los Angeles and serves as the program chair of Antioch’s low-residency MFA program.
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