Fossils of Nature: Poetry by Jamie O’Connell

“Winter eternal” and “Even mountains pass away”


Winter eternal


polar bear hearts

wrapped in wires


fish scales collide


stranded ships

veer towards

the moon’s mouth


seagulls cough

the wind’s heartbeats


frothy mind

spread over cerulean seas


ice drips out of our mouths


we are

the shells we found,

carcasses of narwhals

Even mountains pass away


spiraling grass

we make wind bruises


layer our twilight

we bathe in feathers

imbibe streetlights

give birth to illumination

we are the lungs

of fake flowers

white roses sprouting

from bottles

red candles burning

in vases

lichen growing on

bones and


please, bodies

bring me this earth

Jamie OConnell recently received her MFA in Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Menacing Hedge, Troop Zine, and Newfound, and exhibited in College Avenue Galleries in Oakland. She spends most of her time with her majestic zebra-striped dog, Daisy.


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