After the Diagnosis: First Days in Greece

Thin sheaths of ash
born of forest fire
around me
rest in my hair
stick to  
sweaty skin
Rubbing eyes
clouds my vision
Rubbing arms
turns my skin grey
Layer upon layer
ash falls
I stand pierced 
by brutal sun
and heat
Brain addled with
grief and 
The weight of this
is unbearable.


Photo by Daniel H. Tong on Unsplash

Amy Carpenter

Amy Carpenter is an elementary school teacher in New York City. She lives with her Greek-musician husband, Tao Zervas, their two children, and a fish that swims sideways.