Cut Down & Shift

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Cut Down & Shift


by Erin Jamieson

Cut Down

I carve your name
under the shelter
of trees
we used
to climb

your grip always
stronger than mine
until the day you
could not stop
staring at sunlight

so brilliant I feel it still
under misty breath
of winter

will anyone else
climb these trees
see your name

or will you be
cut down
for new homes
and new lives


I plant
pumpkin seeds

not far from
where we once

tracing wishes
in the outlines
of shifting clouds

I look over
at the chair
you refused
to get rid of

splintered wood
peeling paint

about to ask
how we know
anything will come

of what
we planted

pumpkin seed packet
About the Author

Erin Jamieson (she/her) holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Miami University. Her writing has been published in over eighty literary magazines, including two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her poetry chapbook, Fairytales, was published by Bottlecap Press and her most recent chapbook, Remnants, came out in 2024.. Her debut novel – Sky of Ashes, Land of Dreams – came out November 2023.