Flying close to the ground
teasing the treetops with windy
greetings, goodbyes without hellos
who would have thought it could be done
at all, much less so gracefully,
they came they went, leaving traces
of their being/having been, a leaf detached, floating
to earth, a bird awakened, a bug
interrupted during its breakfast. To this day
the locals sit on their porches arguing. I
saw it with my own eyes, she says, sewing
more vigorously. You always did
have a vivid imagination, he says.
Rolling his eyes. Reaching for a beer.
Marian Kaplun Shapiro is the author of a professional book, Second Childhood (Norton, 1988), a poetry book, Players In The Dream, Dreamers In The Play (Plain View Press, 2007) and two chapbooks: Your Third Wish, (Finishing Line, 2007); and The End Of The World, Announced On Wednesday (Pudding House, 2007). A Quaker and a psychologist, her poetry often embeds the topics of peace and violence by addressing one within the context of the other. A resident of Lexington, she was named Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts in 2006, in 2008, in 2010, 2011, and 2013. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2012.