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2022 Issue  >  Poetry  >  System of Beauty

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Emily Finnegan

System of Beauty

Mikayla Faivre

He’s found a system of beauty.

Sakura leaves dappling in the sun

Heaven's happy tears streaming.


She lingers in the dark

In the dry, untouched refuge

of the velarium’s umbra.


Heart's mercy unravels

as she toes

the line between.


She’s found a system of beauty

within his outstretched arms

and steadfast adoration.


A hesitant smile.

A flickering gaze.

A promise for tomorrow.


He offers her a sparkling

ring and an amorous vow.

A covenant forged. 


Full moons of bliss pass 

fraught with laughter

and plans for the future.


They found a system of beauty

together through tribulation

and calamity abound.


Until their intoxicating system,

upon attentive appraisal,

proffered a diminutive fracture.


She looks to the hallowed

heavens and curses

the day he lied.


He answered the call

to protect this land

and now his love is gone.


Warmth left

and cold returned

surrounded by the ancient oak.

Mikayla Faivre is from North Freedom, Wisconsin, and is majoring in Animal Science. She has always been enamored by storytelling and spends her spare time reading or writing. Mikayla is a recipient of the David Cole Award in Creative Writing. This is her second year as an editor for the Spirit Lake ReviewFind her on Instagram:

Emily Finnegan is 16 years old and a junior at Baraboo High School. She's been taking photography classes since middle school and is currently taking Photography 2. Her favorite things to take photograph are animals and flowers. She hope to continue pursuing photography in the future.

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