Forced to Rebuild – Laurie Kolp

So what if the beach house
was just painted
lime green with white trim?
It’s now just a buoy
floating out to sea

bobbing away from me

& I’m cursing myself from this concrete slab
as I sip salty warm water from a hose
deserted and all alone in my rusty lawn chair.

I wish I’d noticed the warning signs:

the change in air, sudden void
when I called out your name
long before the storm.

Maybe then I
might have had a chance
to prepare myself,
might have had a chance
to repair our marriage

before the total loss.

Laurie Kolp
Laurie Kolp, author of Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing) and Hello, It’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press), has poems appearing in Gargoyle, Yellow Chair Review, Crack the Spine, Scissors & Spackle, Pirene’s Fountain, and more. She lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs.