Sunday, December 10, 2017

Fifteen Seconds

is all I can spare
to smell the wilted rose petals

now drying in a bowl
in the foyer
on a shelf

as I pass on my way to the door.

The petals
were swept from the bed
in the morning

after adhering
to the sweat on our bodies
last night

as we said our final goodbye.

I don’t have time
for coffee,

and I didn't want
to wake you.


"Fifteen Seconds" is published in the 2017 Winter Issue (#5of Light, an independent, reader-supported, quarterly journal of fine art photography and poetry in its second year of publication. The theme of Issue 5 is "Reflection."