Dear Israel,

It would take me a full day to get to you.
Still, I cannot be your hero. All I am is sand,
my arms full of words, mini war birds
of zero impact, time and air on a sparrow’s brow.
Still, I see you. My mind full of words and arms.

***

Along with poetry, Andrea Collins writes short stories and essays. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Plath Profiles, Bridge Eight, and Off The Rocks. She is an IMA Creative Writing graduate from Antioch University Midwest. She earned her BA with a concentration in creative writing from Wittenberg University. She is currently working on a memoir, many poems, and outreach projects as an intern with Women Writing for (a) Change.

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