the twin origins of morality by Carol Shillibeer

breathing into loss
your lungs never hitch
this is how I knew you

love’s sharp needle

followed always by oxytocin’s thread


the first bleat from a snow bank

still enroute
we will never know if the lamb survives
the way the year unstitches its birthing


Carol Shillibeer is born of a union between an artist (ethnicity 2c) and a
scientist (ethnicity 5b), Carol Shillibeer believes in fertile connections. Multiple
ways of thinking, of hearing the world speak: adenosine tri-phosphate is a
fundamental life metaphor. Her poetry and/or images and/or sound files
have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals. You can find her at