For Pat F.


o bright | you wrote
fearless | you wrote
afraid | you wrote
I am | o bright
and full | of fear
you wrote | then some
thing came | and took
you o | bright friend
from us | and left
us with | the place
you made | for us


Athena Kildegaard‘s most recent book is Prairie Midden. Her poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Ecotone, American Journal of Poetry, Poetry Northwest, North American Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at the University of Minnesota Morris.

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