The deer stepped out in front of my car

so politely, as if to say is this a good time?

And it happened that it was,

perfectly timed between cars and patches of ice.

I braked.  She stepped gracefully across

into the berm of snow

and was gone.

For a while I stayed at the side of the road

admiring the way she separated time,

the deft edge she stepped over.


There was a time when I would close myself

in the bathroom with the fan on, humming,

and lay my head against the cold porcelain tub

until a familiar landscape opened up again

so I could enter:

first a faint horizon light,

and then something like clouds pulling a sled

for me to ride on.

Eventually someone might come in,

remove me from the water gone cold,

and lay me down with a blanket.

I would struggle to make my way back

to the body

which had always been holding my place for me.




                                                               from Bellevue Review








Latest comments

16.07 | 22:46

Woweezowee, Missy, Congratulations on your new book!!!
This is a great web page where I can finally access all your writings!

25.01 | 00:56

I have been reading your poems occasionally because I am not used to poetry and need practice. I LOVE this poem.
xoxx Leslie

28.12 | 18:58

Missy-Marie, first, my best wishes & many blessings for the new year 2015, soon to be! Second, congratulations for all your beautiful master pieces creations.

12.08 | 01:04

Still chuckling as I write this. Wonderful nugget of family life.