Three Poems

In Reflections of a Thing
The Adirondack Review

Toward the End of the Day

To the left of the yard, a dog bellows beyond, unseen;

to the right, a siren leaves a garage from down the street.

Somewhere in the middle: small voices, skateboard wheels

on pavement, the lack of a marching band dictates the season,

& the empty whoosh of where traffic once was. Always this

in between. In this space, I watch the shadow of the Elm

tree swallow the shadow of the fence. Intersections

gobble & then…otherness. The sun ignores me; always looping

west—funny thing about orbs: the spin the spin & direction

eats you up from the inside out. Reminds me of the song Chris

left playing for me in a loop, over and over for my birthday:

You're older than you’ve ever been & now you're even older. & now

you're even older. & now you're even older. We don’t really loop though

do we? The dandelion sprouts & decays in the same plot; the lot

of life we tend, tends us. This fixation/asphyxiation with walls

& windows & property lines & the iron candelabra swinging

in the breeze even when I’m not around to witness, keeps me

tethered; render me a dandelion-picked, just as my roots gray

& I am all transparent film, I pray a contemplative child swoop

me out of my burrowing body, kiss me with her breath, & spread

this last moment of limb & heart & frontal lobe synapsing

into the wake of sun’s tumble from the heavens; even in all

its glorious ignorance of my ride, I ride simple & badged in wind.

FELICIA ZAMORA is the author of the book Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize from Letras Latinas and University of Notre Dame Press. She won the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize from Verse, and authored the chapbooks Imbibe {et alia} here (Dancing Girl Press 2016) and Moby-Dick Made Me Do It (2010). Her published works may be found or forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Hotel Amerika, Indiana Review, Meridian, North American Review, Phoebe, Pleiades, Puerto del Sol, Tarpaulin Sky Magazine, The Cincinnati Review, The Normal School, TriQuarterly Review, Witness Magazine, West Branch, and others. She is an associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University.  
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