I’m tired, she says. We’re sleeping, he says.
Who knew a beginning could be totally quiet.
Leaf-light, footprints, a strand of hair blowing past them.
Uneven bells, the traveling.
Mushrooms pushing from this earth.
Art by Evie Lovett
Lauren Goodwin Slaughter is recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and author of the poetry collection, A LESSON IN SMALLNESS (National Poetry Review Press, 2015), which was a finalist for the Rousseau Prize for Literature and the Eric Hoffer Award in poetry.
Lauren Goodwin Slaughter