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Jill Ruscoll


Winter Night by Alphonse Mucha

now, after all these years
when she walks the hallway
to her warm kitchen

her body feels lighter,
hardly stirs the air
as if she is more spirit than life

her worries
have softened

cold with its bitterness
with its frost on the windows
is not the finish line

she’s thankful
for these days and rests
in their familiar

everything a passage
everything a walk in two worlds


About the writer:
Over the past four years, Jill Ruscoll has participated in multiple writing classes with Nancy McMillan and with poet Holly Wren Spaulding. She has also attended online writing courses with Joy Harjo and Billy Collins. Jill has a bachelor’s in art education and graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Buffalo State College. She is a creative director in the healthcare field. In her free time, Jill enjoys hiking, biking, climbing, and being outside while spending time with family and friends. Her work is published or forthcoming in The Broken Plate, El Portal, Evening Street Review, MacGuffin, The Round, and Thin Air Magazine.

Image: Winter Night by Alphonse Mucha (1860-19390). Oil on cardboard. 23.6 × 28.7 inches. 1920. Public domain.

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