TWO POEMS

KASIA JUNO

ON LEAVING BERLIN

I sold all my books for a rock
of butter and a glass of almond milk
A rock and an almond

traded for all those hours
in cloud lit rooms
Why is it that

I remember winter
and nothing in between
winter & the ache

of another northern city
passing without threat
or welcome

.

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RARE EVENTS UNDERGROUND

You show me photographs
of the earth from outer space
lit up with wild fires
electrical storms
strange human miracles.

We walk the length of rock
mapping
the volcano’s bare ridge

Gulls patrol the shores
squinting through tide pools
into the interior
of the earth.

When this island was first formed
the sand was darker
you explain this & other things
but I remember

white lichen
between our toes
the break of
distant water

the air
the air growing
thinner

KASIA JUNO‘s writing can be found in the Best Canadian Poetry Anthology, The Rumpus, Maisonneuve Magazine, and The Puritan, among others. She lives in Montreal where she studies, teaches, and makes comics on the weekends.