Winding Down

Each day, a gobble of light.
Successive planes whine south,
like unmoored stars.

I have a window full of trees,
the straggly apple like so many
balletic arms in curves,

interspersed with sparse, red orbs
charming the birds. The big leaf
maple hovers, every year

engulfing more of the yard.
Further back, a Douglas fir, a hazelnut
and sky, blue or gray or indigo,

clouds or summer smoke.
Time is not spared. I sit, as usual,
in the corner of the red couch, gazing,

as my bones thin and my skin loosens,
as a ghostly moon emerges
and field mice natter in the walls.

WINDING DOWN by Mercedes Lawry

Photo used under CC.


About Author


Mercedes Lawry has published poetry in such journals as Poetry, Nimrod, and Prairie Schooner. She’s published three chapbooks, the latest, “In The Early Garden With Reason” was selected by Molly Peacock for the 2018 WaterSedge Chapbook Contest. Her full manuscript “Small Measures” is forthcoming from Twelve Winters Press. She’s also published short fiction and stories and poems for children.

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