Morning Ghazal

By Alison Stone

In bed. First cigarette of the morning.
Short reprieve from the threat of the morning.

Champagne in the afternoon. Beluga
and limos at night. Debt in the morning.

My lover’s eyes look green by lamplight, blue
when he’s lying, violet in the morning.

Tiger on the prowl after dark. Back
through the cat flap, a pet, in the morning.

Sleeplessness. Self-loathing. Prayer.
Vows you forget in the morning.

Go, confused moon — it’s the sun’s turn.
Odd, your slim silhouette in the morning.

Halfbacks fumble, horses stumble. Cards turn
fickle without warning. Bet on mourning.

Say Alison’s gone when the past knocks to
drop off its sack of regret in the morning.



Alison Stone’s latest collection, Ordinary Magic, is forthcoming from NYQ Books in 2016. She is also the author of Dangerous Enough (Presa Press 2014), Borrowed Logic (Dancing Girl Press 2014), From the Fool to the World: Poems in the Voices of the Major Arcana of the Tarot (Parallel Press 2012) and They Sing at Midnight, which won the 2003 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award and was published by Many Mountains Moving Press. Her poems have appeared in The Paris ReviewPoetryPloughshares,Barrow Street, Poet Lore, and a variety of other journals and anthologies. She has been awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize and New York Quarterly’s Madeline Sadin award. She is also a painter and the creator of The Stone Tarot. A licensed psychotherapist, she has private practices in NYC and Nyack. She is currently editing an anthology of poems on the Persephone/Demeter myth.

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