Yesterday, you walked the street with your arms full of tulips, their quivering blooms pecking your chin as you climbed the stairs to your apartment. The city is now so familiar, you did not bend toward the bright taxi laying on its horn across the street, did not blink or fumble your keys as you balanced your cargo with elbows and knees against the outside wall and let yourself inside, then bolted the door behind you. The tulips were yellow, yellow and red, with scalloped edges. Some were covering your lips. Or was it you? You were in profile, moving quickly. When the petals grazed you, you did not flinch.

RACHEL MARIE PATTERSON is the managing co-editor of Four Way Review. She is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Missouri. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her first chapbook, If I Am Burning, was released by Main Street Rag in 2011. A recipient of a 2012 Academy of American Poets Prize, her recent poems appear in Nashville Review, Fugue, Redivider, The Greensboro Review, and Clementine Magazine. She lives and works in Philadelphia.