Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from our favorite emerging writers
We were so excited and overwhelmed by the poems we received for our Mundane Joys anthology that we had to share a few on The Rail! This week we have a beautiful piece by Adrie Rose
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Mercy, it turns out, is the older sibling
sitting down to play legos
with the young one
on the eleventh day of quarantine.
It is going outside to sled together,
though the snow is melting
fast beneath you, sluicing
into the drain at the bottom of the hill,
but you are still allowed this
hill, this slide beneath fir trees,
and so you take the ride
again and again, though
it sends you backward
and sideways, though you
have no idea what comes next,
when your child says, Can we
do it again? It turns out mercy
is you saying, Yes.
Adrie Rose's work has previously appeared in Witness, Rise Up Review, Rebelle Society, Plum, Peregrine, Albatross, The Essential Herbal, Poetry Breakfast, and Ibbetson Street Review. Her poem The Anthropocene was nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize. The poem In the Liminal was awarded second place in the Robert P. Colleen Poetry Competition. Adrie has work forthcoming in Dark Matter: Women Witnessing.