woman suffocating under skyless clouds

By Steve Gerson

bovine in her way
dressed uniformly in muddied russet
glazed cow-stare straight
like vacant windows in farm outbuildings
black as eyeless sockets


she endures self-stockaded
as if muzzling stray blades
of grass on barren browned fields
downward gazing under leafless trees
every day a late fall


not always so numbed
she once effervesced
I recall her eyes uplifted yearning
after passing planes flying elsewhere
contrails etching sun-streaked paths


but life intervened siloing her
a romance denied her moans lowing
a career curtailed cowering
friendships family all plowed under
climate changes in her soul
till tariffed by slights her sights low
she ruminates suffocating under skyless clouds

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