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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Kay Kelly

The Fourth River/ Tributaries Journal: The Skater

Thank you to The Fourth River/Tributaries of Chatham University.

The Skater

Light snow

on the rinked field

and she’s axial out there

in her purple jacket.

She skates and scrapes like

ink into vellum.

Stops like cobalt paint

dabbed onto linen.

It’s hard to tell

if she wears white space well,

or is lost in it.

At edges, where wind

with thaw and freeze

have folded ice,

she jumps and recovers.

The old partner lifts

were just arms.

She can skate without them.

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