Sometimes, entering her office and crossing
from the door to her desk, or while at her desk
pausing to look up from her work, she catches,
instantly the whole space she knows so well,
seeing it all, every item, and every story behind
every item, how it got there and what it means;
and how she got there through a sequence of left
right turns and choices made as a younger woman
leading to a half beast waiting at the core,
with a strangeness she fully assimilated
and made her own to become something
she could never have imagined or trusted
as the younger woman unfurling the frayed
thread she had intended to retrace.
Leonard A. Temme lives in Enterprise, Alabama. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Commonweal, Emerald Coast Review, and Poetlore, and elsewhere.
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