PoetryIssue 12 | June 2011

Two Poems by Janice D. Soderling

Drying Up

A screened-in porch
facing a potholed street.
A turkey feather pillow
to ease the pain that comes
sometimes, sharp as knowledge,
and someone walking with quick steps
along the sidewalk,
not stopping to ask how you doing, gal? Then
night falls harder. Lightning bugs
spark and float. She holds her breath,
studies their slow explosions.
She is rigid as a bean pole.
And the roses exhale a hazy fragrance
that could drive a body crazy,
just thinking about how he walked by
and didn’t stop.

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