2 September 2004 | Vol. 4, No. 3

For Elizabeth

My glasses for this evening are a tangle of wire

and songbirds, for tonight, would rather change to gulls.

The message of this afternoon could be a hollow nest

if fairgrounds in a park can feel this empty.

Paths become grey cinders, as oceans equal water

or all my dark umbrellas, vacant lanterns.

About the author:

Andrew MacArthur is a poet who makes his home in Portland, Oregon, where he also hosts the Meander Open-Mic poetry reading. Andrew has been published in Absinthe Literary Review, Samsara Quarterly, Taverner's Koans, Three Candles, and other journals.

For further reading:

Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 4, No. 3, where "For Elizabeth" ran on September 2, 2004. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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