In Mild Praise of Fractions

Spools of odd and even numbers knot
tightly around my fingers.
Fractions like hieroglyphs
people the tethered pages
of my grade school days.

At the hub of our long-winded kitchen,
turquoise table on a checkerboard
floor. Mother slices red apples on a pine wood
board: “How many quarters,”
she quizzes, “make up one apple?”

I stare blankly till the apple browns,
its juice runs dry.

“Four,” baby sister chimes,
moon on her left,
sun on her right.
“Each slice is one-quarter.”

Mythologies of Loss

Many cultures have tales of heroes who challenge death and rescue loved ones (or themselves) from an underworld. In an upcoming Room, our readers will find heroines, both fantastical and everyday, who face loss.

Editor Rachel Thompson seeks quality writing and art filled with dreams and longings—elegies, requiems, magical realism, and new folk legends that take our readers through and beyond grief cycles, rescuing loved ones lost, ourselves.

Deadline: August 15, 2012

Ritardando

this metropolis is hurly-burly—
you’re striving with deadlines
crosstown, half-drowned
in long lists—consume that, buy this
chase what’s brash and new—
your strained schedule bursting
with some added task
always left to do

while nearby, along cool paths
sun sips mountain lakes
wind sings solo to surrounding spruce
peaks draped in snowy shawls sit placidly
puzzled why you rush—
with ample calm awaiting here
to ease jangled voices
back to natural hush

One Last Winter Moment

Today is one of those days of sloping light that you sometimes get when the hard edge of winter cuts into spring. Where the sun doesn’t just shine, but scuds across the fields in great golden planks. It is one of those days where mothers everywhere are nagging at their kids to get out and do something. Like mine.

Chocolate Season

It’s late May when James arrives in Rose-Marie, fresh from Antigonish, where he lives now. He shows up without fanfare. Without flourish. Without so much as a phone call to let me know he’s coming. He is simply, suddenly, standing before me in the grey light of a late Monday morning.

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