Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 1 • Spring 2002 • Poetry

The Fall

Melissa Fondakowski

Strangers in owl-light,
all I know of you is swarming
in the gray curl off a Winston
we pass back and forth
and in the supple body of a fish
who overextends its hunger
onto the bank where we are,
the terrible flapping like choking
one will live through,
embarrassed by the near-
death of it once air returns, like we
are embarrassed by our
own hunger, knees and guts
making words for this
like spun light
makes kaleidoscope --
then you make
toward my hand
with your hand but
fall short to grass, instead,
palm down on the blades
who knows why
my throat becomes a fisted hand
instead of a hand that reaches
to pull yours up
and warm it
just under the collar
of my shirt.

Melissa Fondakowski's poems have appeared in Natural Bridge Literary Journal, So to Speak, and others; and can also be found in the Winter 2002 issue of the online journal, Blue Fifth Review. Most recently, she won the 2001 Sow's Ear Review chapbook competition for her volume, Impatiens, which will be available in spring 2002.

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