Until the magnetic pole reverses, no amount of trying will summon you a mother. Until the Arctic ice returns to its sheets and the calving thunder cracks backward. Haul yourself out, one frozen leg at a time.
Teresa K. Miller is the author of Borderline Fortune (National Poetry Series winner, Penguin, 2021), sped (Sidebrow), and Forever No Lo (Tarpaulin Sky) as well as co-editor of Food First: Selected Writings from 40 Years of Movement Building (Food First Books). She tends a mini orchard near Portland, Oregon.