Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Arthur Kayzakian: Rain

 After he hugs his family goodbye

         he passes umbrellas and park benches,


sees the edge of a vexed flower petal and thinks, 

         the flower is a man off to war.


Without looking back,

         he can hear his children kicking 

laughter in and out of him.

        His wife’s throat, a gleam of sandlight.


Fifteen years later,

        rain beats out a puddle in the shape of his body.

Published in Prairie Schooner Volume 94 | Spring 2020

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