Falling off at maturity
falling out as soft baby teeth
Antlers with their velvet loosened.
Abscission sounds just like the thief
nature made it, takes advantage
the sixth birthday.
Pairs with gravity. Steals away.
Kasandra Larsen's STELLAR TELEGRAM won the 2009 Sheltering Pines Press Chapbook Competition and is forthcoming in 2010. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has published in various journals, including The November 3rd Club, Full of Crow, tinfoildresses, The Nervous Breakdown, and Breakwater Review. She lives in New Orleans.