Without a reason to rise, they fall
and break upon a gentle chin,
young and daring to look up.
A graceless splash
within arm’s reach.
The branches missed on the way down?
and the jobs they think they should have taken.
Timothy Tarkelly has had poetry featured by Paragon Journal, GNU, Whisper and the Roar, Haunted Waters Press, Cadaverous Magazine, Poets & War, Cauldron Anthology, Lycan Valley Press, Fourth & Sycamore, and Aphelion. When he is not writing, he works for a non-profit that serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence in western Kansas.