Close Cover Before Striking

Close Cover Before Striking

Sweetheart, you’ll take up with anybody:
That young soldier about to ship out to Iraq,
The goateed clerk at the local bookstore, even
your ex-husband, anyone so as not to be alone.

But still, you are. You’ll open your wet mouth
to any warm kiss, any cold stare, but honey,
they are not your saviors, and the cross
in your hand is leaving splinters in your palm,

blood running like cherry wine over your
scarred wrist. You know that place is not your home,
and where you are from is now just a burned out
field days after a wild fire. What makes you burn

is still right here, waiting. Now pack your bags,
board the damn plane, and don’t forget the matches.

Paul Scot August

Published in Scribble Magazine Vol 8-1

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2 Responses to “Close Cover Before Striking”

  1. Pam Woolsey Says:

    And the cross in your hand is leaving splinters in your palm………..

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