ZW17 Second Place

ZineWest 2017 Second Place and Best Poem

FIRST DAY BACK by Norm Fairbairn

Windy Monday
a dark malaise
a husband teetering,
let one of us
be strong at least.

I have this woollen
bunny rug,
one of many,
an army of unopened gifts
and a meaningless hairline scar.

Windy Monday
an unplanned return
grief rolling forward
slower than molasses,
a marriage teetering.

First day back
of awkward embrace
and silence,
the one bar strip heater warmth
of unspoken good intentions.

Windy Monday
the world still turning
I check the news
for both birth and death notices
on the same page.