by Robert Haik
He rolls in unbidden across the stubble fields
Old acquaintance astride a newly booming cloud
Under sky an alien shade of strawberries whipped
Her watch stops ticking out the rest of her
scheduled breathing poses
Between her ears drums roar with unwinding
Cognitive reflexes still; familiar refrains forgot
Tropes of an ordinary life are unbound
They fly bare-backed through fresh skylights
squinting, she yields
Through wide-set knees suddenly unhosed
Arpeggios transmit outward breaking husks
Her face sets in a pleasant rictus
While long-winded sighs are borne upwards
cellar door sprung
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Poem inspired by old friend who described her belief that something significant was about to happen in her carefully contained life. Not previously published.
Feedback most welcome.