Like crows, we forage in the winter,
pick through cans and dumpsters
that freeze in December,
and weed through paper bags
in the sleety rain
Like lepers, we cover our faces,
hover around a trashcan of fire
to keep us warm
in the snowy vacant lot
of cold hands and icy hearts.
Mark Tulin lives in California. He has authored Magical Yogis, Awkward Grace, The Asthmatic Kid and Other Stories. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and featured in Vita Brevis, Amethyst Review, Ariel Chart, Active Muse, among others. Follow Mark at Crow On The Wire and Twitter, Crow_writer.
Selected by the editor as a featured submission, August 2021