NOCTURNE

 

The rain and the river are one.
News anchors rehash the day’s sad tales.
Death’s flavors—car crash, virus, gun.
One marriage limps along. Another fails.

News anchors rehash the day’s sad tales.
So many ways to fade, to fall, to lose.
One marriage limps along. Another fails.
The downpour’s hammers repeat, choose.

So many ways to fade, to fall, to lose.
Streets circle back to a deserted square.
The downpour’s hammers repeat, choose.
Oxygen tank here, blood-smeared stones there.

Streets circle back to a deserted square.
Death’s flavors—car crash, virus, gun.
Oxygen tank here, blood-smeared stones there.
The rain and the river are one.

 

Alison Stone has published seven full-length collections: Zombies at the Disco (Jacar Press, 2020), Caught in the Myth (NYQ Books, 2019), Dazzle (Jacar Press, 2017), Masterplan, a book of collaborative poems with Eric Greinke (Presa Press, 2018), Ordinary Magic (NYQ Books, 2016), Dangerous Enough (Presa Press 2014), and They Sing at Midnight, which won the 2003 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award; as well as three chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Poet Lore, and many other journals or anthologies.

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