Magazine | April 11, 2016, Issue

Poetry

WOMAN AT A MOTEL WINDOW

Frost from her breath on glass,

Thin arteries made dark

By a slow finger’s pass,

Are the hand’s speech, and mark

As something to be said

Her waiting emptiness.

She writes; behind her, a bed,

On which her form’s impressed.

There’s no one to watch her letters

Take form a moment only.

What secrets she has set there

Are legible to her only.

Is it the fear of dawn

Or something from the past

Still present that she’s drawn

There, where it will not last?

Each night’s a rented room,

Each thought a humid blur,

And dawn lies in a tomb

Scratching to be disinterred.

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WOMAN AT A MOTEL WINDOW Frost from her breath on glass, Thin arteries made dark By a slow finger’s pass, Are the hand’s speech, and mark As something to be said Her waiting emptiness. She writes; behind ...

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