Omen by Charles K. Carter


A framed photograph
from our first anniversary celebration
fell off the wall.

I put it back up
but it fell again,
this time on your precious head.

The frame was held up
both times by overpriced Velcro strips
that promised no damage.

They vowed
to hold this weight.


Charles K. Carter (he/him) is a queer poet and educator from Iowa. He holds an MFA from Lindenwood University. His poems have appeared in several literary journals. He is the author of Read My Lips (David Robert Books, November 2022) and several chapbooks. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram @CKCpoetry.

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