How She Came and Went

how she came and wentI have a wing on one side only, she told me one time.

Nakedness is not the same as clarity, she said. Here, I’ll show you.

Now don’t be a lazy boy, she’d say. Her long smile.

She was full of cream and whiskey some days, cold water and flakes of rust on others.

She often daydreamed stepping lightly through the forest like an animal, one that belonged there, just going about its business, not in a movie, no fancy soundtrack. So she said. I hope she went that way or something like. She did love to have her way.


Robert Gregory has published a lucky number of collections (of poems), most recently You Won’t Need That (Willow Springs/Acme Poem Company).


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