Separation

First published in Rattle #55 (23:1), Spring 2017. Also featured on the Rattle website on 10 July 2017, complete with my audio recording. Sequence originally written in June and July of 2011.


the hangtime
of a tossed football
separation


separation
the balcony again
in shadow


fish heads
in a bucket
separation


separation
the town square flag
at half mast


      fog
       in
      the
  forecast
separation


the
birthday cake
store-bought
separation


the ice finally shifts
as I tip my glass
separation


shuttered windows
on the family cottage
separation


a gargoyle’s laugh
from atop the cathedral
separation


gas prices
lower today
separation


last out
of the little league game
separation


whether the stop lights
are green or red
separation


the firemen
washing a ladder truck
separation


flecks of rust
beneath the anchor
separation


the kids’ shoes
lined up at the door
separation


separation
another poem
about sandcastles


the patter of rain
on the forest path
separation