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How to Save a Life

This author is a recipient

of the Sigma Tau Delta Award

Sigma Tau Delta Awarde

Kirsten Webber ('25)

is currently a sophomore at St. Ambrose University. She is majoring in Psychology and English with a creative writing concentration and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She enjoys writing poetry about wholesome, intimate moments that others may find comfort in or relate to. Webber's wish is for her readers to feel at home.


Another trip to the grocery store.

He pushes the cart,

she picks the chips.

Pure Leaf sweet teas fill the cup holders because

they are always 2 for $3.

Driving through Breezy Hollow with

the windows cracked open, they

point out houses they’d like to live in.

Colonials and craftsmans in

antique copper brick, ornamental

gridded windows.

How was school today?

Norse tales and the existence of aliens.

Did you get to sit next to that boy?

Skittles at the basketball games

on Friday nights.

Do you want to go see that new movie

this weekend?

He tells stories: baseball in childhood,

his first job in a kitchen.

In the kitchen at home, he unloads

the bags and she fills the cupboards.

A pot of water boils on the stove

and she sets the table.

Sunlight shines through

the sliding doors onto

the dinner plates.

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