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Better Off Without Her
by Rita Hestand
From the poetry collection Forever & a Day
I remember Orlando in May,
& that evening sun like a ball of yarn in the sky
Unraveling its bullion light
Over that whitepaved city.
Dublin in June
& that evening sun lingering like the sting of whiskey
Spinning dusky clouds gold
Arching above that graystone city.
Chemong Lake in August
& the evening sun like a wound in the sky
Staining the horizon hazy pink
Bleeding across the still water.
& that evening sun sneering through the ashsmeared sky
Weary of its redpinkorangepurple veils
Sighing over the gunmetal river.
High school in October
& that evening sun drowsing in the Halloween sky
Pumpkingold, Jack-o-lantern dim
Stalking above the football field.
Poplar Avenue in November
& that evening sun glinting off the golddying leaves
Flaring arrogant in the last moments of day
Then swaying over the edge of your house.
I will think of you in December
& watch that evening sun writhe in its glorious travail
Blazing in the afterbirth of the day
Screaming color above.
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