Friday, November 18, 2005

from archer avenue

St. Andrews Day

Once the house has emptied
of its birds, the water holds
the shape of her. Buckets,

bathtubs. A landscape of rusted
locks and falling brooms.
She counts fourteen fence posts

and finds a knothole big enough
for her wrist. Melts the Sunday
candles in her mother’s best

kettle and still nothing.
Last night Ava and Anna
must have hidden the red scarf

beneath the breakfront.
The husband game,and each
of them a ribbon, a rosary.

Nothing under her plate but its shadow.

1 comment:

Marissa Spalding said...

love awaking to your poetry...i hope that your weekend is awesome, and i hope to see you soon... i could totally come over and help with those bookshelves!