Monday, June 2, 2014

J. Allyn Rosser: "Then Too There Is This"

                               joy in the day's being done, however   
                               clumsily, and in the ticked-off lists,   
                               the packages nestling together,   
                               no one home waiting for dinner, for   
                               you, no one impatient for your touch   
                               or kind words to salve what nightly   
                               rises like heartburn, the ghost-lump feeling   
                               that one is really as alone as one had feared.   
                               One isn't, not really. Not really. Joy   
                               to see over the strip mall darkening   
                               right on schedule a neon-proof pink   
                               sunset flaring like the roof of a cat's mouth,   
                               cleanly ribbed, the clouds laddering up   
                               and lit as if by a match struck somewhere   
                               in the throat much deeper down.

"Then Too There Is This" by J. Allyn Rosser, from Poetry (March, 2004).

Photography credit: "Once Upon a Time," by Heidi Fry, © Heidi Fry/Spring Burst Photography (originally color).


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