Auspice 33

Titmice on moss, soft
as cotton

wool,     shroud
the cat’s tiny bones.

Our grandfather tells us to drink a tablespoon
of vinegar

every morning. We bury the bulbs     before the frost,    
as instructed.

The night he dies,     a Christmas

blooms inside the pantry.

Summer J. Hart is an interdisciplinary artist from Maine, living in the Hudson Valley, New York. Her written and visual artworks are influenced by folklore, superstition, divination, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Boomhouse (2022, The 3rd Thing Press) & the microchapbook, Augury of Ash (Post Ghost Press.) Her poetry can be found in Waxwing, The Massachusetts Review, Northern New England Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her mixed-media installations have been featured in galleries including Pen + Brush, NYC; Gitana Rosa Gallery at Paterson Art Factory, Paterson, NJ; and LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA. She is a member of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation.