The weight of one word
topples me into mythic
listening—the sound of wind
or is it leaves,
examining one red leaf
when I was six,
following the ribbed veins.
Everywhere uncoverings,
waiting for the taking.
A china cup used for change
on close inspection belonging
to another dynasty.


Sarah Dickenson Snyder’s full-length collection of poetry, The Human Contract, is forthcoming from Aldrich Press, and her chapbook, Notes from a Nomad, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She was selected to be part of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and has had poems published recently in The Comstock Review, Damfino Press, West Trade Review, The Main Street Rag, Passager, and other journals, reviews, and book anthologies. In May of 2016, she was a 30/30 Poet for Tupelo Press.  Find more at