The ground they stand
on rumbles. Earth splits
open, parts
its lips, yawns,
exposing brown
teeth. It swallows
him but leaves her, closes
its puckered mouth.
She smoothes the scar,
wipes the smirk
off its lips.

Dawn Schout has published poems in Lucidity Poetry Journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and Tipton Poetry Journal. She resides in Holland, MI, where she is currently working on her first collection.