What is it that we owe to each other?

illustrated image of a field of bright orange and yellow calendulas with an eye in the center with long eyelashes and the reflection of the light of the flowers within it
Art by Kristina Closs

The First Toast

by Aria Aber

What is it that we owe to each other?
I drink to the moment that rises
like a calendula flicker
behind your eyelids.
I drink to the world
still veiled with the words
of childhood, our faces warm
in history’s collateral light.

from Hard Damage

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