Ballroom chandeliers and outside
the Charles River sliding past.
The surface is a flickering patchwork
in the near-evening sunlight and
in the distance I can see the Boston skyline.
She's a thousand miles away but
it might as well be a million.
A hundred million. There is no
measurement for separation,
On the river there are kayakers.
Their paddle strokes smooth, perpetual.
Digging through the water and
rising again in a kind of genuflection.
They are dancing.
Nathaniel Lotze is a writer, musician, and photographer living in Columbus, Ohio. Last spring he graduated from Kenyon College, where he studied English. His work has previously appeared in Persimmons, HOOT, and The Linden Avenue Literary Journal.