To Salt – Daniel Blokh

This is how it happened: My mother
looking back at the city of her leaving,

city of her birth. You can run out of a burning house
and still turn back to see your favorite birch tree

one last time. This is why I was raised by a pile
of little memories, learned early to kneel down

near the lingering of something I could not replace,
no matter how many mountains built in my back,

how many forests in my palms. This story holds
happiness, but I’m not sure on which side.

This happened, but I can’t remember when.
I can’t know where she looked back from; if she saw the city

in a plane’s window, if she found it folded in my eye.


About the Author: Daniel Blokh is a 16-year-old American writer of Russian-Jewish descent, living in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of the memoir In Migration (BAM! Publishing 2016), the chapbook Grimmening (forthcoming from Diode Editions), and the chapbook Holding Myself Hostage In The Kitchen (Lit City Press 2017). His work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, DIALOGIST, Permafrost, Blueshift, Cleaver,  and more. Website:

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