Erosion

By William Ogden Haynes

Through the frosty pane
she watches sparrow tracks
that crisscross the field
as they are gradually smothered
by the steady snowfall.
It makes her think of
the sand castle she built
as a child, and watching
the next morning, how it
slowly became spindrift
blowing across
the expanse of beach.
And more recently,
she has watched
the house next door felled
by a wrecking ball,
a favorite book gone
out of print, and the fading
of photographs in her family album.
She is more conscious of
vines enveloping the old cabin
on the way to town
and how she cannot quite
recall the exact angle
of her husband’s smile
that she loved so well.

 

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William Ogden Haynes is a poet and author of short fiction from Alabama who was born in Michigan and grew up a military brat.  His first book of poetry entitled Points of Interest appeared in 2012 and a second collection of poetry and short stories Uncommon Pursuits was published in 2013.  Both are available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.  He has also published over sixty poems and short stories in literary journals and his work has been anthologized multiple times.


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