Pay Attention (draft 1)

When a woman says Do you love me, she means
Trace the curve of my cheek with your warm hand.
When she begins chopping onions in the kitchen to hide
crying about your fight last week, she hopes you’ll notice
the unlit match between her teeth. Continue reading


Old English – Claudia Emerson

I buried the sheepdog for you, trying
to save you from that grief, dug through muscled
roots, past rain-wet earth to harder, drier
soil that did not cling, but scoured the shovel.

Even the expected, smaller death recalled
the other. I transplanted sedum from the garden
to mark the place and obscure it.

How utterly beautiful and heartbreaking is this??