Vacation

Beyond my pillow

the Arno

stalls.

Carp are still.

No current discloses

source from destination.

Spring and sea

pause

like two middle-aged

shoppers comparing

the virtues of

fresh water with salt.

 

I recall that my father

once swam

in the Arno.

On vacation from

death, I

settle implacably

into the smooth sheets

of the present,

my old wishbones

content

to watch river-silk

wattle the ceiling.

—Nikia Leopold

Published in the 2012-09-28 issue: 
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Nikia Leopold’s poems have appeared in various magazines, including the American Scholar, Commonweal, Measure, the Southern Review, and Poetry. Her chapbook Small Pleasures won the 2012 Blue Light Press contest, and her second book, Healing with Shadows, was published in January 2021. She lives in Ruxton, Maryland.

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