Karen Kunc   2011 All Rights Reserved

Shining


The moon, slipping into the room,
is quickly taken apart. This is the darkness

as it becomes part of her belongings.
On the bed, a stuffed horse awaits the return

of its left eye. The shadows hold
the furniture in a fluid grip. Outside,

the search party is lighting up
the countryside. A couple watches the flicker

from the porch. This is where
a line is drawn between bringing back

the girl and the body of a girl.
The first hand that knocks on the door

will notice how the wood is
splintered, the paint curling like a fetus.

The moon moves on inside the room
until it too disappears from the window.


 

Arlene Ang
Copyright 2011  

Arlene Ang serves as a poetry editor for The Pedestal Magazine and Press 1. Her third full-length collection, Seeing Birds in Church Is a Kind of Adieu, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2010. She lives in Spinea, Italy. Website: www.leafscape.org.
 


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