At the window she is a ship’s prow,
leaning in to gather light, countenance
resolute against dawn’s revelations.
Is she waiting for her lover’s return?
A late-shift husband? Or is he leaving
for the office or a mistress?
Maybe he’s already gone, dispatched,
and she is witness as his spirit departs,
the still dark forest taking back its secret.
Maybe the Atlantic is just out of frame,
the water calling her to leave the chores,
kids and kitchen and this is the moment of turning.
Collin Kelley is the author of the poetry collections Better To Travel, Slow To Burn, After the Poison and the American Library Association-honored Render. Sibling Rivalry Press has published his trilogy of novels, Conquering Venus, Remain In Light and Leaving Paris. His poetry, essays and interviews have appeared in journals, magazines and anthologies around the world. www.collinkelley.com
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