Amy Katherine Cannon




stoic messengers         scouts of god

do nothing against your will         and you will not suffer harm

anything beyond your power         is nothing to you

if you have a favorite cup         remember it might be broken

embracing your child         you embrace a mortal

death is nothing terrible         your life is not your own

leave all these things         and never look behind

decline nothing that is offered         and do not be bewildered:

let him wish nothing         whoever would be free


AMY KATHERINE CANNON is a writer and writing teacher living in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from UC Irvine, where she was the recipient of the Gerard Creative Writing Endowment. She is the author of the mini-chapbook ‘to make a desert‘ (Platypus Press, 2016). Her work can be found in BOAAT, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Juked, and LIT, among other places. She is Managing Editor of Palaver Arts Magazine, a student publication.


Read more by Amy Katherine Cannon:

A poem in BOAAT
A poem in Zócalo Public Square