Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge

Would she know
balance if 

it knocked her off
this pedestrian bridge 

she stands on? Closed
for repairs starting tomorrow, 

it could be
another unreliable witness.

Written on the Skin

Total exposure before a second
full moon passes over 

the sky to our right is my wrong
impulse—the one I don’t have 

the courage to plunge into darkness.
I still can’t explain why 

a morning ghost
moon makes me want 

to believe in mystery’s propulsion
over city lights.

Trying to Get Lost in Kenwood

At the corner of Thomas
and Upton—a crossing that wasn’t 

supposed to happen—she walks under the right canopy
of trees. A layer of fear shed, it leaves 

no mark on the sidewalk. 

Some spills are meant to remain
invisible to everything but the slightest breeze.

Loring Park Daily

A commotion of geese flaps across 

this paved way to go in circles 

through my front yard I share 

with anyone willing to show up. My struggle 

to take off is my refusal 

to drop the weight of every moment 

but this one. This one 

could be my soar.  Could.

Rhymes with Guile

To be remembered for this.  She’ll accept the evaporation 

of all other details in buckling concrete. 

Tree roots need somewhere to go.  The downturn 

confused with a bow arched toward rooftop wild 

flowers—it’s taken 

a lifetime to learn to let these curves 

cradle what they may.

From the Ground Up (Day 2,744)

Balcony scars on the side
of a house haunt
us—another Verona,
another serenade, another exit 

into perfect darkness.
A guitar pick moon
offers us the night. We take it
string by wave by bits 

of breath easing close.

Suspension Feeding

When she disappears
into the atmosphere, will you 

remember the shape her mouth was in
when she last said 

your name, when she stepped back
from that kiss? A poet skirts 

in and around surfaces
seeking a place to attach herself to. 

It’s a barnacle
life—she’s always preferred the underside
of piers.