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Deborah Finkelstein, US
 

 

 

 

Triolet

 

Before Me

 

I hope she doesn't go before me
How could I handle that?
I never thought the door was so close
I hope she doesn't go before me
Open wounds paint her skin
Tubes zig zag around her body
I hope she doesn't go before me
I couldn't handle that.

 

 

Glimpse of the Spirit

 

Glimpse of the spirit
Shout like a red ghost
Light diminishes
Glimpse of the spirit
Stone breath
Candles out
Glimpse of the spirit
Shout like a red ghost

 

 

We Do Not Move

 

We do not hear them say, “Let’s go,”
We do not move.
We are hungry.
We do not hear them say, “Let’s go.”
We bathe in orange panang, red tea on our lips
As rice noodles entangle themselves in a sea of massaman.
We do not hear them say, “Let’s go,”
We do not move.
 

 

 

Free Verse

 

Untitled

For James Rosenquist

 

Spray-painted numbers
On my lens
Where Alphabet City meets Chinatown
Games under the umbrella in the restaurant
The bomb
The railroad
Eject here
Pastels in the background
Green grass in the sky
Turning brown from too much sun

 

 

Haiku

 

husking corn—
wondering if
he’s really at a meeting

 

 

crowded bar,
a woman whispers in my ear—
missing my wallet

 

 

new flame,
drinking martinis—
thinking about his parents’ divorce

 

 

letter meant for my neighbor—
wondering if he knows
about the cancer

 

 

auditorium applause—
she jumps off his lap,
runs in a circle and barks

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Deborah Finkelstein

 

Deborah Finkelstein is an MFA Creative Writing Candidate at Goddard College. She received The Aurorean’s “Creative Writing Student Outstanding Haiku Award” 2008 and Second Place for Poetry in the Santa Fe Community College Poetry Competition 2006. Her poetry has been accepted into The Nor' Easter, Moonset, Bear Creek Haiku, FreeXpresSion (Australia), Quay Journal and Time Warner's Miracles of Motherhood. She’s also published short stories and journalism, and had plays produced in festivals. She teaches creative writing and works as an editor. This is Deborah Finkelstein's first appearance in Sketchbook.

 

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