shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

débora Ewing



this too-quiet should be a good time to read
while pictures are sleeping crumpled in the corner
and words have wandered off into the woods
leaving dust-balls of hair and an acrid smell

a good time to rearrange things
the bookshelves, the plants, the bones
jars half-full with potions, pins, and rocks
all these tiny bars of soap

I should open the windows
pin drafts to the walls, stir paint, wash doilies
set out phrases in vintage serving bowls, wait
for the menagerie to come rushing back

they never stay away for long.