The Holding
by Cole Beaune

The Holding: in our grass
You see— hidden, 
The soil composed of
The Nails, the Teeth,
And The Skin now tanned. 
Eyes long turned
To sap-rock.  
Cud blackening: likened
To rough oil— 
Although dry in palms.

This earth grows only weeds—
Soured by acids.
Dig up, find the lowly meat
And use the ash
For forgiveness.


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Originally from Ontario, Canada, Cole beaune is currently attending the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, pursuing his undergraduate English degree and a French minor.  He has been previously  published by Creative Communication for his poem "Nocturnal.”