The Smoke-Filled Graveyard

Tatiana Rebecca ShrayerMay 16, 2023

The sooty air runs
through my skin
as my red wheels roll
over the grey cracks.

I wonder if the ghosts
can hear me, see me,
can feel my soul and
show me a bridge to a past world.

Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer was born in Boston in 2007. She is a freshman at Brookline High School. Her poetry collection, "Searching for Bow and Arrows" (2020), won second prize in the 2019 Stone Soup book contest. Several of her poems and translations from Russian have appeared in literary magazines. She also plays the violin in the New England String Repertory Orchestra. Tatiana lives in Chestnut Hill and South Chatham, Massachusetts, with her parents, older sister, and Stella the silver poodle.