Heads leaned together in sorrow,

in sadness too heavy for sound,

they bide in silence.

Crushed into each other

in the temple they’ve created from the memory

of her bones.

They exude thought

in subtle shifts of weight

and of


Locked inside together,

they’ve lost the need for



Alyssa Cooper was born in Belleville Ontario. A writer with a passion for literary fiction and free verse poetry, her first novel, Salvation, was released in 2012. Her first poetry collection, Cold Breath of Life, is anticipated for the winter of 2013. She is currently working as a designer in Belleville, where she lives with her vintage typewriters and her personal library.