Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 12 • Winter 2004 • Poetry

Not Done Yet

Cindy M. Emch

The period
 to the perfect sentence
 as the self in myself
 for the next

Fresh from the last
 bite in the air
 shift in the light

Change is heading south
 on a curvy dirt road
 30 miles north
 of this café.

Where cream changes coffee
 and the stranger
 lost 19 months in my mirror
 comes around
 awakening to know
 where we go
this time.

Cindy M. Emch is a farm town poet finding the small bits of rural in the big city. She has been writing poetry for twenty years and has self-published three chapbooks: "The Brahma of the Blue Shoe," "Autumn Leaves Don't Always Turn," and "Notes from a Big Tough Journal." Her pop culture writings have been published in Taste of Latex, American Sexuality, Women in Power, and RedEye Magazine. She has read at open mics from Michigan to San Francisco, and she hosts Queer Open Mic at Three Dollar Bill Café in San Francisco.

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