Back in Black

First published in True Colour (Redmond, Washington: City of Redmond, 2014).

a winter night
by the gas fireplace

            found at last
            the black box

the black sheep
of the family
late for the reunion

the black-diamond run
roped off
for avalanche blasting

            the black-eyed susans
            half price

at the party
just the vampire
in the black