rushed to her house
of this happened
you stood on the stool
you could reach down and cradle
When You Say Love
Do you think of the bathrobes
entwined on one hook in the bedroom,
or the crumbs of dukkah
scattered on the rug by the fireplace?
Or is is the displaced guitar, poem
on the coffee table, the long silver
strands of hair streaking the tub?
Do you remember the emails
spread across the bureau,
or the glitter dusting
the kitchen floor, a key
that fits the back door?
How do you measure the weight
of the shaving cream, toothbrush
moved in before you? Are these less
than the purple bruise on the freckled neck,
the eyes that sparkle and tear, the eager
hands and mouth, grasping legs, the head
resting with a sign beneath yours?
Richard Krawiec's poetry book, Love, Loss Redemption, is forthcoming from Press 53 this Fall. His chapbook, Breakdown, was a Finalist for the 2009 Indy Awards for Poetry. He as also published 2 novels, a story collection, and 4 plays, as well as numerous reviews and feature articles. His poems and stories appear in some of the top literary mags in the US – Sou’wester, many mountains moving, Shenandoah, Witness, Cream City Review, North Carolina Literary Review, Connotation, etc. He's received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NC Arts Council, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He teaches online Fiction Writing for UNC Chapel Hill, and won their Excellence in Teaching Award for 2009. He has worked extensively with people in homeless shelters, women's shelters, prisons, literacy classes, and community sites, teaching writing.