Barbra Nightingale


Take this woman and place her
in a house of sticks.
Comes a big wind
no more house
and the sticks
have scattered everywhere.  

Take this man and give him
what he wants;
he’ll only want more
and no one
will ever fill him up.  

Take this day and bend it
backward and forward
like a paper fan.
See how it mimics
the wind, erasing
the footprints
left by them both?

BARBRA NIGHTINGALE’S POEMS HAVE APPEARED in over 200 journals and anthologies. Her latest books are Two Voices, One Past, and Geometry of Dreams. She teaches English at Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale.



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