She had a flicker of history before the frost,
her last lover
leaving ink on her fingertips that on some snowy morning,
would be scrubbed on a metal table.
The sin, guilt, dreams
the lost stories caked black under her fingernails.
Before her winter, she scraped them with her teeth,
unafraid of the taste.
They could not wash away the ghosts, the lovers, the
children lost in fires,
dead friends and new beginnings –
surrendering angels in the last war for the heavens,
pages only recalled by a stranger to them,
the stained palms shaking, cold-boned by the dwindling fire.
Robin Sinclair is a writer currently working on the graphic novel series "Orphans" and an upcoming collection of poetry. Robin's work has been published in various magazines and journals, including Gatewood Journal, Cahaba River Literary Journal, Black Heart Magazine, Red Bird Chapbooks, Opening Line Literary Magazine, and Freaks N Geeks Magazine. Find Robin at RobinSinclairBooks.com