Lisa Kosow


There's no breaking this stillness.
It has something solid about it,
in the railway station and the café
where a solitary figure stares off,
never toward the future, always
the past.  Or it's the early hour
when shadows fall at the precise angle
that captures a place
at its most melancholy.
There's no revolution going on
here, no surreal lion's head
floating in a blinding blue sky
or cracked eggs in the rust red desert,
no cubist deconstruction
of human bodies twisting
in a fragmented dance of bone and flesh.
No paint is ever splattered on the floor.
There's no music to it, and no movement.
Just a small town shop window
pristine white at 7:00 AM
before industry and passion have awakened,
sad yet reassuring. You felt
the way I did this morning.

Lisa Kosow has had poems published in journals including Gargoyle, The Connecticut River Review, Wordwrights, Potpourri, The Plastic Tower, Perceptions, and the first issue of Innisfree.  Another poem appeared in the anthology, Cabin Fever, published by WordWorks.   In 1995 her chapbook, Dawn is Moving, was published by the Argonne Hotel Press in Washington, D.C.  She has a BA from Washington College in Chestertown, MD, and an MLS from the University of Maryland.  She works as a librarian at the Department of Justice and lives in Takoma Park, MD.



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