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Corrine De Winter has been a freelance writer for about 19 years. Her work has been published in over 600 journals, books and magazines including New York Quarterly, The Writer, Space & Time, Tales of the Unanticipated, The Other Side, Yankee, Prisoners of the Night Poet's Market 92-99, and others. Her work has been nominated twice for The Pushcart Prize and most recently for The Rhysling Award.

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Blackberry Winter

by Corrine De Winter

And heartbreak,
Heartbreak at 4 in the morning
After the smoke clears,
After your friends have gone home,
Have embraced you
With goodbyes
And said that they love you.
After they have laid the wreath
Of mistletoe in your hair,
Crowning you
Francesca in hell.
After the winter
Returns in April.
After Berlioz
Runs under your skin.

You will begin to bloom.