by  J.N.

ice-struck bones––


my veins pump antifreeze.


i shutter by Your gravestone,

sitting cross-legged in front of marble.


placing rocks atop it.


You left, but the

memories linger.




greater than a chest

filled with beautiful gemstones.


coffee tears lain over

a chestnut casket.


Your pain is 

gone now,


no longer aching.


like autumn, You’ve left,

leaving a trail of leaves behind,


but nothing can

shake this cold.


Joseph Noto, who writes under the pen name j.n., is a current MFA Candidate at Emerson College for Creative Writing, concentrating in poetry. Joseph graduated from Stony Brook University Cum Laude with a B.A. in English. He currently studies under the American poet Daniel Tobin.