Done For

When I hate this body
I remind myself
of the abandoned nest
of mud and straw
way up in the lilac bush
of every bird
all throat and call
refusing to be silenced
and what was never
mine to keep.



Cindy Veach is the author of Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press, November 2017). Her poetry has appeared in AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Journal, North American Review and elsewhere and is forthcoming in Salamander and Nimrod. She manages fundraising programs for non-profit organizations and lives in Manchester by the Sea, Massachusetts.