Bear Trap | Chelsea Whitton

Regular price $ 7.00

Tax included.

Chelsea Whitton's poems have appeared in Cimarron Review, Sixth Finch, Bateau, Ilk, Poetry Ireland, Stand, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from The New School and is an English PhD candidate and graduate assistant at The University of Cincinnati. Read more of her work at




Children keep things
safe from us.

They divvy, bury, shine.

They’ll trade
a crocus

for a seashell, jam jar
full of Lamb’s Ear

for a smooth
unpolished stone.

It’s what they’re doing
in the closet, what

in singsong
prayer, on playgrounds

wriggled into holes.

Replacing things
or playing. They are

reconciling shards

the kingdom.