The thrill is gone, she said.
Life’s not one long jubilee anymore:
Left last night — won’t be back.
But to be fair she put it kinder
(she was always very polite)
and clarified the situation over many hand-
written pages of textured linen warm as rum,
or the dune-colored chapters from
an old book about shipwrecks.
To and fro rolled her indigo waves —
a lonely mariner’s log recording miles
& miles of overboard losses:
Eight abandoned beaches
of late September.
As for flotsam:
a single strand of her hair.
Brenda Brooks has published two poetry collections and a novel, Gotta Find Me an Angel, a finalist for the Amazon.ca/Books In Canada First Novel Award. Her work has been included in anthologies in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. Her new novel, HONEY, a passionate, dangerous, noirish tale about, well, two women, will be published by ECW Press in Fall of 2019.
the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan