A Long Night’s Moon – Dawn Paul

the kitchen window is a mirror tonight
I switch off the light over the sink
watch my solemn white face
become the backyard in winter
pear tree stark against a thin crust of snow
dry weeds sketched along the picket fence
cardinals, black on white, scratch for seeds
feeding against the long cold night
as a slip of moon slides up the eastern sky

Dawn PaulDawn Paul teaches writing and interdisciplinary studies at Montserrat College of Art. She is the author of two novels, The Country of Loneliness and Still River. Her short fiction has been published in anthologies, journals and magazines. She is also a frequent performer on the Improbable Places Poetry Tour.