Not Able to Say It
Once again, an argument starts up
after she’s packed, ready to leave
for an overnight trip. Without warning,
his dark words set her on a red edge.
He and she see the forest fire coming,
but sidestepping is not their dance.
Words warp and fiercely fall.
Mountains grow tall between them
as they distract, react.
Anything is better than bending,
anything to not say, I’m already
missing you. Oh, please don’t go.
Pat Durmon is the author of Blind Curves (2007) and Lights and Shadows in a Nursing Home, (2013.) Poems have been published by Rattle, Main Street Rag, Poetry East, Cyclamens and Blades, Between the Lines, Lucidity and other journals. She is retired from mental health counseling and leads a group called Searching for Light. Ms. Durmon lives in the Ozark Mountains.