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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Susan de Sola's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ambit, The Hopkins Review, American Arts Quarterly, Measure, River Styx, Fringe Magazine, Raintown Review, Tilt-a-Whirl, Lavender Review, Light Quarterly, Amsterdam Quarterly, and Per Contra, among other venues. She holds a Ph.D in English and American literature from The Johns Hopkins University, and has published scholarly essays as Susan de Sola Rodstein. She is a winner of the David Reid Poetry Translation Prize. Susan lives near Amsterdam with her husband and five children.

Susan de Sola

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The Promise

We'll sail a small boat on the lake
and I will steer so you may sit.
When fifty years trail in our wake,
we'll sail a small boat on the lake.
The wave of time about to break
shall fill the vessel we two fit.
We'll sail a small boat on the lake
and I will steer, so you may sit.