Kelly Westhoff writes poetry and prose. Most often, she writes about motherhood, adoption, infertility, and travel.

She is currently seeking publication of her hybrid memoir that combines essay and haiku to tell the story of her journey through fertility treatments.

Her work has appeared in Motherwell, Minerva Rising, The Star Tribune, Minnesota Bride, GoNomad, and more.

She’s been a public school teacher, an independent bookstore employee, and a freelance writer. She lives in the Minneapolis metro with her husband, her son, and her poodle.

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Kelly 4

at midnight I sit
with my dogs and my bare feet
outside counting stars

before the big storm
I go out and cut lilacs
trying to save spring

I hear them coming
Canada geese heading south—
my needs are changing