April 11, 2008

Before She Decides by Kelly Madigan Erlandson

Posted in poetry tagged , at 1:20 pm by placeinthestars

Before She Decides

They are in a dark plum thicket
and she is too far above the ground,
can feel the lift and fall or walking
but is not walking. Beneath her
are the shoulders of a boy
who is willing to carry her for years

but he is unsteady as a shirt
unbuttoned in the wind and she
is like a feather on the surface
of a river with round stones
in its bed. She already knows
he will fall and because she is above
him she will fall further

but that doesn’t matter yet, the night
held up all around her
like great bolts of cloth for her choosing.

~Kelly Madigan Erlandson



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