Lisa Stice — 2 Poems

Poetry

The School Project Asks, ‘What Makes You a Star?’

 

To prove she is a good artist,

my daughter draws a spaceship

and her dog. This is Seamus

about to board, she explains.

 

I tell her about the stray Laika,

how she was one of the first

astronauts, but don’t mention

Laika was never meant to return.

 

To prove she is a good artist,

my daughter draws a spaceship

with her dog inside. This is Seamus

looking out at the stars, she explains.


Honed

 

We are sharper than we once

were, and sharper is akin to

safer, smoother, steadier, keener.

 

Now, our grip is instinct, our

hands shaped long before

we clasp and begin the cutting.

 

Come, let us glide some more

across the whetting stone, wipe

ourselves clean for work ahead.


lisa-stice

Lisa Stice is a poet/mother/military spouse. She is the author of two full-length collections, Permanent Change of Station (Middle West Press, 2018) and Uniform (Aldrich Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Desert (Prolific Press). While it is difficult to say where home is, she currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and dog. Visit her here! and at Facebook / Twitter.

  • Featured image, by Amar Saeed.

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