It’s what you listen for—the repetition of a word
both noun and verb,stroke, for example. Or love.
In therapy, my sisterrecites her children’s names
like a profession of faith.Afterwards, they disappear
and it’s just me again,benign, vaguely familiar.
I push her chair aroundthe square glass corridor.
Courtyard snowmelting in the afternoon sun
goes gray around the edges.Rubber wheels on linoleum
make no sound at all.
Copyright © 2018 by Mary Peelen
All rights reserved.
Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission
Mary Peelen won the Kithara Book Prize for her first full-length poetry collection, Quantum Heresies, forthcoming from Glass Lyre Press in 2019. Her writing has recently appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Antioch Review, Gulf Coast, Alaska Quarterly Review, Bennington Review, New American Writing, Poetry Review (UK), and other journals. She lives in San Francisco.
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