THE DARKEST SWAN

  

My window is more sunlight

With you despite the noise

 

   No—through the noise

 

Can’t we instead

Just wonder (our last time

 

Hoisted above the fiery

Stage? Your hand—

  

A twined passport)

At our once small light

 

When you were as old

As I am now and we

 

Left the broken world

In favor of our own

 

Coddling din so that

There was little left

 

Besides the startling

Flash of your henna–dark

 

Hair against the sea’s wit

And untranquil blue—

 

   That glistering moment

 

When even the horizon

Gave way before you


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Kevin McLellan is the author of the chapbook Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets. He has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: Barrow Street, Colorado Review, failbetter, Kenyon Review Online, Western Humanities Review, Witness and numerous others. Kevin lives in Cambridge MA with Frankie (the canary), and sometimes teaches poetry workshops at the University of Rhode Island in Providence.


Derek Pollard is co-author with Derek Henderson of the book Inconsequentia (BlazeVOX 2010). His poems, creative non-fiction, and reviews appear in American Book Review, Colorado Review, Court Green, Diagram III, H_ngm_n, Pleiades, and Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak, among numerous other anthologies and journals. He is an assistant editor at Barrow Street, Inc., and is on faculty at Pratt Institute and at the Downtown Writer’s Center in Syracuse, New York.