Stealing Visits

by Mary Grace van der Kroef


Can you feel warmth sent through panes of glass?

I cast them your way.

Do they bounce back?


Standing with the door just askew.

Only enough to hear words.


I see a smile hidden from sight.

It reaches eyes, crinkles edges bright.


Still a question,

Is two minutes enough?


Stealing visits with mailmen,

Is rough…



Mary Grace van der Kroef is a poet, writer, and artist from Ontario, Canada. She is a person of faith, a mental health warrior, and a lover of the simple things in life. She writes to bring light in to the world, and highlight those simple things she loves. Her work has appeared in various journals, including Dwelling Literary, Fahmidan Journal, and Hencroft Hub. Sabiyha Prince is an anthropologist, artist, and author based in Washington, DC.  Her books and essays explore urban change and African American culture, and her paintings and photo collages grapple with memory, identity, kinship and inequality.

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