The Scenic Route

We live in parentheses, though when we rise early to glimpse them we see only the sun coming up over farms in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. Circled by trees, houses hide their eyes. Air over dusky water whispers with chirring insects and an unseen frog the way my head buzzes with the music of my name, spoken by the voice that says Nothing will change. I’m afraid of that voice. It creaks in the joints of swaying cedars, frays the edges of my disheveled life, creates a disturbing bulge in a figure’s side. Nasturtiums wave. Ears open like blossoms. Something wants releasing.

Dawn Corrigan's poetry and prose have appeared in a number of print and online journals, most recently The Lake, Right Hand Pointing, and Don’t Just Sit There. Her debut novel, an environmental mystery called Mitigating Circumstances, will be released from Five Star/Cengage in January 2014. She lives in Gulf Breeze, Florida. www.dawncorrigan.com