With the smell of summer
You were gone. I found

A mouse under
the bed and threw

His body outside.
The cat went hungry

That winter, snow
Was thick as milk,

And not a job around.
Clouds hung

Like scarves from the neck
Of mountains. I wore

Sunglasses for the longest
Time. The cat bowl

Wasn't touched
In months and the mice

Hugged the walls
Like ice.

Daniel Iacob was born in Suceava, Romania in 1988, one year before the Romanian Revolution took place and the communist regime was overthrown. When he was nine years old his family moved to America, and he has lived in New York City, Seattle, and Springfield, Missouri. He has a MFA in poetry from University of Idaho and is currently residing in Moscow, Idaho where he is a wildland firefighter.