To lose history is to lose ground
cover. What keeps our fossils safe
from washing out with snow
melt? People walk with lights burning
on their feet, telling the truth in the dark
smell of antifreeze. Night. Close the shed
door against drafts. This was built
and torn down. This was given in exchange
for me. This was built and the wind
rewrote its shape.
Naomi Rhema Edwards is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.