The 2River View 25.2 (Winter 2021)

Kate Wylie

Born Again in My Twenty-Fourth Summer

I’ve circled life so long, I forgot
what a frightening honor it is

to be alive, to put my hand on something red-hot,
feel the pulse of an enormous animal

panting furious righteousness, begging
to devour something wild. I backed away

when it first looked me in the eyes.
I was afraid. It doesn’t matter why.

Kate Wylie graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Webster University in 2018 and is currently pursuing her MFA in Poetry at the University of Missouri—St. Louis.

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