Morning in the Rwandan Hostel

Sarah Dickenson Snyder


Out my window hibiscus branches

burst into blooms, palm fronds


full and fringed, and a woman carries

a yellow jug filled at the central spigot—


a heavy load. The slap of her flip flops

slows at my open door. I offer


to carry the jug inside, but she’s doing

her job, placing it hard on the cement floor.


She nods in a language

of hand-delivered burdens,


on her arm a scar,

a cracked map of what remains.

Sarah Dickenson Snyder’s first full-length collection of poetry, The Human Contract, is forthcoming from Aldrich Press, and her first chapbook, Notes from a Nomad, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She was selected to be part of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and has had poems published recently in The Comstock Review, Damfino Press, West Trade Review, The Main Street Rag, Passager, and other journals, reviews, and book anthologies. In May of 2016, she was a 30/30 Poet for Tupelo Press.