Sitting Outside Her Door

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December 22, 2022 by The Citron Review

by Jim Daniels


night breeze—
pure near-silence
of haunted single-
digit hours

the curb gentle
in its slope
like a pet curled
into admiration

don’t ask me
why I’m here—
streets shifted
on my walk

to lead me
letters on street signs
melted into darkness
until all became

the lush emptiness
of air unencumbered
by light, the cool

generous consolation
for losing her
against my face
now, long past

as stars behind clouds
and yet and yet
here I am

awake in the glory
of her absence.


Jim Daniels’ latest book is Gun/Shy (Wayne State University Press.) His next fiction collection, The Luck of the Fall (Michigan State University Press), and a poetry chapbook, The Human Engine at Dawn (Wolfson Press), are forthcoming. A native of Detroit, he lives in Pittsburgh and teaches in the Alma College low-residency MFA program.


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