Saturday, 27 April 2019

The Marital Bed

by Carol Alena Aronoff

Alone in the presence of

Married to a ghost
She lay in a flurry of feathers and frills 
Invisible to all but the unintended

Phantom on the other side
At the far edge
Weighted presence

Light years from

Thoughts of another star system 

Birds on the ceiling mourn
Ivy has ceased to vine
Dead leaves on the ficus desperate


She never stirs from

Honeymoon suspended
The only sound is love

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Carol Alena Aronoff, Ph.D. is a psychologist, teacher and poet. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and has won several prizes. She was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has published a chapbook (Cornsilk) and 4 books of her poems and photographs: The Nature of Music, CornsilkHer Soup Made the Moon Weep, Blessings From an Unseen World as well as Dreaming Earth’s Body (with artist Betsie Miller-Kusz)Currently, she resides in rural Hawaii.

1 comment:

  1. Empathy for both come thru, bringing an ache to the heart.