I will carry you,
all of you,
into the new year.
I will tie every syllable to my waist,
roll-call for safety,
consonants like twine to keep you close.
Square-knotted into a yoke.
Hooves of stories squelching
into the mud, I will
mar the landscape with you all.
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, was published in 2014 and was called a “strong and satisfying effort” by Publishers Weekly.