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405th Weekly Poetry Contest winner: Stillborn

by Ryan Stone

Although science, with clinical wisdom
declared her not yet a person,
a heartbeat argued defiantly
for a night.

We visit the cemetery —
hands entwined, minds
in different hemispheres,
hearts mangled.

In a quiet corner
where the sun lingers late in summer,
where gelid moans soften in winter,
we become broken pieces

of something once much stronger.

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