September Poem: Getting to the Bones

A sad sight by the side of the road invites the writer to contemplate how humans and animals are the same.

by Liza Wolff-Francis | illustration by Jillian Ohl

Liza Wolff-Francis is the eighth Poet Laureate of Carrboro, N.C. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College and writes about many subjects, including the changing climate. She believes poetry connects us. Her website is

Jillian Ohl is an artist and illustrator based in the foothills of North Carolina. Learn more at

This article originally appeared in the September 2023 issue of WALTER magazine.