First Place: K. Vaghela

How does one mourn
a not-dead, a once-here-but
not here? The clothes
hanging still,
the drawers slight-
ly ajar with bits,
pieces of old life lingering
in tight corners: like my
fought-back tears.

There -a tiny village, peacocks
frolicking in rising dust-
He is, star ablaze.

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K. Vaghela is known mostly for her kitchen gadgets and baked goods, but occasionally writes all things creative. She has an MFA from the University of Maryland and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Currently, her arms are full with the love of two young daughters.
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