Lois Marie Harrod
The moving walkway stops short and we,
momentary thrust of gravity,
lurch forward, stumble-catch ourselves,
perch out of water, fish-flopped vanity.
It's the way we are often stopped
haphazardly by all those things beyond
our control—colds, terrorist attacks,
whatever says wait a minute, just wait one minute
but usually we keep going, snatch
up the carry-on, scootch ahead,
growl perhaps, grimace, never mind,
what did we expect, another prospect
unfulfilled like so many other,
marriage, children, salmon for supper.
Lois Marie Harrod's 16th and most recent collection Nightmares of the Minor Poet appeared in June 2016 from Five Oaks; her chapbook And She Took the Heart appeared in January 2016, and Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. She is continually published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Links to her online work at www.loismarieharrod.org