The Shortest Month
Alisha Brown

bean-sprout not green
coughing up in muddy corners,
spouting up despite, screaming out in spite,
spitting at the weather report.

February and
the trees have dry gloves of leaves
and also that fight in the eyes
of bad revolutions
that everyone forgets but bored children
taking exams, performing autopsies on the past
to see how it died.

And I wish I asked why you cried,
or if ever, actually.

Alisha Brown currently lives in South Carolina (which she considers her home state), but will be moving back to her home country, the Czech Republic, in the next few weeks.