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Julie Weiss

Julie Weiss is the author of The Places We Empty, her debut chapbook published by Kelsay Books. She was a finalist in Alexandria Quarterly´s First Line Poetry Series, a finalist for The Magnolia Review´s Ink Award, and she was shortlisted for Kissing Dynamite´s 2021 Microchap Series. A Pushcart Prize and two-time Best of the Net nominee, her work appears in Perhappened, The Lumiere Review, Sky Island Journal, and others, and she has poems in many anthologies, as well. Originally from California, she lives in Spain with her wife and two young children.

September Gait

for Karen Poppy

The path to school is thick with fallen
years, memories crackling under my feet,
of the time before they started flaunting
their independence like a brooch pinned

to their chests, all rhinestones and gallop.
They trot through the pre-dawn darkness
with the valiance of legends, trampling
the grasslands of their infancy, as if grass

were no more than remnants of a forgotten
age stuck to the bottom of their feet,
more burden than beauty. Once the grasp
of horseshoe, saddle, molasses, their fingers

hardly graze mine now, unravel like poorly
braided rope, the thunderous years to come
rearing in their gaze as they let go
and wild across the vestibule without me.