Rae Spencer

Custody

The child enfolded, hasped between Implacable plates that flap Forever apart, gap wider and wider Their seamed years of strain Around the pin shot through their grasp Invisible pivot, forced to hold What cannot fit the frame Crazed with rust and time Starved oxygen mote, damp and pitted Explosive hydrogen on each hand Reluctant to form new bonds, intent To solve the oil and bound To fail

Rae Spencer is a writer and veterinarian living in Virginia. Her poetry has been published in print and online, receiving Pushcart Prize nominations in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and a Best of the Net nomination in 2011. She can be found on the web at www.raespencer.com..