“Four Haiku” by Julie Bloss Kelsey

Julie Bloss Kelsey


at the barre
the graceful arms
of a spiral galaxy




a touch of sleet—
my son’s voice




beneath the pines
decomposing layers
of music 




so easy to spot
on her death certificate

from Rattle #49, Fall 2015
Tribute to Scientists


Julie Bloss Kelsey: “I hold a BS in the biological sciences and a master’s in environmental management, specializing in soil contamination and water resources. For eight years, I worked for the state of Missouri evaluating potential hazardous waste sites under the federal Superfund Program. When I write haiku, I like to use words that are scientifically precise. I enjoy blurring the lines between common and scientific usages of words.” (website)

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