The past is still, for us, a place that is not safely settled.
one clear button
[one inch round]
lodged in the weave of the bedroom carpet
four symmetrical holes
[remnants of white
cotton thread] without coupled blouse
excavate the last kisses
one clear button.
two [aching] echoes.
Le Hinton is the author of five poetry collections including, most recently, The Language of Moisture and Light (Iris G. Press, 2014). His work has been widely published and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. His work can be found in The Best American Poetry 2014, Little Patuxent Review, the Baltimore Review, The Summerset Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and outside Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, incorporated into Derek Parker's sculpture Common Thread.