Michelle S. Lee
Some Other Season
It rained the night she burnt the chicken.
She ran into the street, into the push
of black water, into another night when summer dripped
down their cheeks and she swallowed all
of what he told her even though she lived
in some other season, standing inside windows
and watching thunder break pines and pool
in plastic chairs on her front porch and moving less
than the tomato plants tied to the stake. The smoke
alarm wailed like wind behind her, though there was
no fire. Only onions charred
to non-stick and blackened thighs, scalding
pot left on the stove.
Michelle S. Lee is an associate professor of composition, creative writing, and literature at Daytona State College. She received her MA in creative writing and PhD in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. Recently, her work has been published with Northwind magazine, Architrave Press, and The Flagler Review, and will be included in an upcoming anthology by Red Bridge Press. For more information on what she's up to, visit doctormichellelee.blogspot.com.