Tess Matukonis

Could i jump a train

earn five grand canning 

three months straight

spend all of it

not care

pass out wake up

in any state

stare at flames and rivers to recharge

accept indeterminate glances

allow curiosity

set new patterns among my old habits 

i see planets

clearly for the first time

where no one

leaves the porch light on

Could i relive

a perfect place

in a memory

reduced to its

juniper aftertaste

tied to a pole

flapping in the

freedom wind

Tess Matukonis lives in Red Lodge, MT where she is a line cook and outdoor enthusiast. Her poetry has appeared in Tule Review and Apeiron Review.