For so long, I’ve held you here
next to my heart, our bodies filling
the empty and soft spaces. Your mouth
like cushions and your lips a delicate
cage with a singing bird inside. But
now, you must forget what you’ve
learned, and balance your tongue,
the way a bird sits in her nest alone.
Remember that certain places can
only be warmed by those small
enough to reach, and that was you.
Julie Ramon is an English instructor, specializing in English as a second language, at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. She also teaches academic writing at Crowder College in Missouri. She graduated with an M.F.A from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Among writing, her interests include baking, sewing, traveling, and garage sales. She lives in Joplin, Missouri with her husband, son and daughter.