Mineral 168, 247, 269 (Siderite) | Rosemarie Dombrowski

[Your story begins with
things you] may contain,
[others that] do not like [you].

[Your] name is iron.
[You] pale [from] light to dark

In reference to [your] composition,
[you are both] pearly [and] dull,
compact [and] massive,
magnetic [and] heated.

[Like love], you effervesce slightly [at first],
acid[ic], curved faces
lining [the] cavities [along] count[ies].

[Like everything I’ve loved, you form] in massive,
interesting occurrences,
[slide down] Campbell shaft [in] Bisbee,
[bury yourself inside] small iridescent crystals
[in] Cochise County,
Arizona, [my heart.]

Rosemarie Dombrowski is a poetry editor at Four Chambers, the co-founder of the Phoenix Poetry Series, and the founder of Rinky Dink Press. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in Hartskill Review, The Ginosko Anthology (v3), Anthro/Poetics (an anthology of cultural writings), Stonecoast Review, and elsewhere. She has received four Pushcart nominations – three for The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014) – and was a finalist for the Pangea Poetry Prize in 2015. She’s currently a Lecturer at Arizona State University’s Downtown campus where she serves as the editor of the undergraduate writing journal and teaches courses on radical poetics, women’s lit, and Lady Gaga.