new poem from the Winter 2013 issue: Sara Walton, City

29 Jan

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CITY

This woman, she sits

on bottle caps and ashes
fallen from midnight

cigarettes. Grinding
her teeth against ticking

second hands
and her own breath,

waiting
for anything.

She jots down things
she recalls : a tumbleweed

in Santa Fe, driving
in a dust storm

through Searchlight,
two a.m. lightning

illuminating the highway
outside of Salina.

a world full of cities.
In Rittman,

an hour or so away
from her, a city of sleeping:

He is laying, hands
at his sides under

the cold November sky,
recalling the red of her hair

the first time he held her.

One Response to “new poem from the Winter 2013 issue: Sara Walton, City”

  1. Diane Maynard March 5, 2013 at 05:46 #

    Congrats on your poem, Sara. Gotta be proud of yourself!

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