Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.

Variations

by Cullen Whisenhunt

The sound I hear, time
crunched by the second hand,
times one, times one, times one, I
repeat, rewash old clothes
in different washers, redry
in dryers different but
similar, tumble twice, damp
the only steadiness, I make a new
home, times some, with the other
side of the family tree,
oranges to our apples,
crunch
 
The image I see, the wind,
cottony, frozen, floating
in the summer of this discomfort,
of this relearning, resetting
passwords forgotten,
I’m sorry for your loss, passing on,
hopefully unnoticed, avoiding
concern I return with a smile, a laugh,
to my roots, to the smell of grass
on the breeze blowing from where
I’m from
    

Cullen Whisenhunt is a graduate student with Oklahoma City University's Red Earth MFA program and a Developmental English instructor with Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.