Fall/Winter 2014

Carol Alexander


By the bus stop, dayshift workers gray-skinned in the April chill,  
stand lean marbles, granites, samples carved with exemplary names.           
She'll have eaten dinner, girded with a bib, in the last fastidious shafts of light.         
Our talk was of the flowering crabapple tree, its quivering, avenging burst of bloom.
Rain blurs into bluestone snow the heft of ancient dolerite. And the fire-tipped 
shadows of dusk curtaining the windows of the hall have frightened her.
The bus, its exhalations choked with grime, is bearing down. Even now,             
 I can't describe for her the weight of this unwieldy, this inhuman thing.


Carol Alexander is a writer and editor in the field of educational publishing. Her writing has appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals. BRIDAL VEIL FALLS, a poetry chapbook, was published in 2013 by Flutter Press.



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