Poetry Issue 9

   Issue # 9: January-June 2008

Conchitina Cruz


                             Instead, you are standing in the middle of an empty room.

      The woman says, the neighbors mostly keep to themselves.

      She says, you don’t need to walk far to get a ride.

                  Consider the appeal of the view. The cat looking out, the cables at eye level.

                  Consider the word appeal: attraction, urgent request.

      The woman says, we never have problems with water. Your eyes on the floor.

      With a little polish, she says, it should be like new.

                             Instead, you imagine the lamp in this room, its absence in another.

                             Consider the subtraction of after: aftertaste, afterthought.

      More than enough space for one
      , she says.

      Enough, you think. If only, compliment. If only, command.