Reclaiming Solstice

Reclaiming Solstice


Leah Mueller




You won’t take summer

from me again: my

heart a rolled-up carpet,

unwinding and exposed.


I have no choice but to bare

the debris. Some escapes,

pebbles underfoot.


Step on one, then another,

keep my eyes on the wall.


Every June, the vigil

and the bludgeon. July

fruit, rotten in the middle.


That urge towards warmth

pushes back. Part of me

continues to bloom,

fights for it, even.


And you, the thief

sneaking over the transom,


past midnight. You’re

ready to snatch

my last remaining piece,


but I won’t allow you

to touch it anymore.



Bio: Leah Mueller is an indie writer and spoken word performer from Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of two chapbooks and four books. Her next two books, ‘Death and Heartbreak’ and ‘Misguided Behavior, Tales of Poor Life Choices’ will be published in Autumn, 2019 by Weasel Press and Czykmate Press.

Leah’s work appears in Blunderbuss, The Spectacle, Outlook Springs, Atticus Review, Your Impossible Voice, Mockingheart Review, and other publications. She was a featured poet at the 2015 New York Poetry Festival, and a runner-up in the 2012 Wergle Flomp humor poetry contest.

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