Jennifer Schomburg Kanke’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, and Nimrod. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida where she is a visiting faculty member at Florida State University teaching critical theory and creative writing.
Summer Sonnet for a Sears House
Welcome to a place where everything grows
and comfort comes from the smell of mold,
the sound of light rain on tin.
Take peppermints as communion,
this sugar be your body, these wrappers
be your soul to crinkle and toss away.
Here you are born anew in the blood
of a stubbed toe and a not quite dismissive
“Don’t look that bad now.” Here you rise
in the tea kettle steam and the yeast
of thick wheat bread. Here you sleep
in a house so still, the music of a Saturday night
floats in from a mile away and the creek beds promise
sanctuary, sanctuary, sanctuary.