KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 12: Summer 2019
Photo-Poem: 63 words
Caption Note: 8 words


by Kelli Fitzpatrick

remnant, photo-poem by Kelli Fitzpatrick

Photograph copyrighted © 2017 by Kelli Fitzpatrick:
“Spring on the Chippewa River in Midland, Michigan”

Photo-poem (free verse + photograph) copyrighted © 2019
by Kelli Fitzpatrick. All rights reserved.

I see this, 
and this isn’t a treasure like a lost wallet 
or piece of self someone discarded, but I slide 
to crouch and meet it 
down muddy clay banks 
in my best boots. 

No longer part of the river, 
it rests on reeds like it’s refusing—
I see its point—
refusing to melt because sun 
can dazzle as well as 


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