for Hanna, 18
When she said, Much of the best poetry has come
from those exiled from their native land,
I thought, if only briefly,
a woman's native land is love.
What you will need when you leave me:
an umbrella because it rains,
and a small bud vase for the crocuses
that will, but not always, surprise you.
Michelle Hendrixson-Miller lives in Columbia, Tn. She is currently an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte, where she served as poetry editor of Qu Literary Magazine. Her poems have appeared in Poem, Poems and Plays, Main Street Rag, and Iodine. In 2011, She received a Pushcart nomination.