Gusts to Sixty


Enough that the glass fronted fireplace
rattled and shook, something wanting out

or through, and up above our bed a solid thump
signifying a wayward branch, nothing yet

with the sickening crack, crushing wood sounds
to mean a whole oak down,

and so we slept, having nothing else
in mind. To him, “Do you know our agent’s phone

number?” Did I imagine I’d be gone?
That was one scenario of a morning after,

one that didn’t dawn. Now the wintry
sun clambering over my shoulder with a warm

touch like a consoling rainbow,
thin promise of a reprieve until

another storm—and the twig litter thrown
all over the yard like wild gestural marks.


Photo By: Christian


About Author

Patricia Clark is Poet-in-Residence and Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University. Author of four volumes of poetry, Patricia’s latest book is Sunday Rising. Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, also appearing in The Atlantic, Gettysburg Review, Poetry, Slate, and Stand. She is also the author of a chapbook, Given the Trees, in the Voices from the American Land series. Patricia has had writing residencies at The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Arts, Ragdale, and the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland.

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