The ache she carries is in everything:
the long line of days she has yet to plow,
her nightly stumble through old photos,
the empty wine bottles at her elbows.
You remember when he died, her youngest son,
the chubby one with the bowl cut. You do not ask,
but you want to: When he was being pulled under
that flat mouth of steel, did he try to fight it off
or did he lie still, in shock by how much
the heart can withstand before it is consumed?
Kelly Scarff works as a graphic designer and an editor. She is a graduate of Chatham University's MFA in Creative Writing program. Her poems have appeared in Apple Valley Review, 5AM, Nerve Cowboy, and elsewhere. Her poetry chapbook, "I Fall in Love with Strangers", is available from Liquid Paper Press.