Amanda Hempel was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she currently lives. Her poetry appears in several places, including The Literary Review, Fogged Clarity, Regarding Arts & Letters, The Briar Cliff Review, Zouch Magazine and Miscellany, and Red River Review. She received her MFA Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and serves as Poetry Editor for Flywheel Magazine.
Road salt had left a film on the windshield
so that when I wiped the settled fog from it
it pooled creamy white at the edges
as though it had been raining milk.
It’s what we need, maybe, a little mothering
to rain on our red and screaming faces
that have all just been born for the first time.