23 March 2006 | Vol. 6, No. 1

Diagonal View of a Rectangular Door

I pried myself

from chaos here.

We are things like trees or dogs.

Now you light a cigarette

and start cosmetics wobbling.

Later bottles might fall

like my hand from my heart

each time I stumble away,

excusing myself.

Enough standing in front of you

for one day.

I might do better spilling tea.

There are patterns revealing

themselves all over my map.

Someone asked me

to dance in open space.

I giggled and declined.

Rest your frock of light

on someone else.

About the author:

Lily Brown's work has appeared in the Harvard Advocate and in Shampoo Poetry. She is a first-year student in the MFA program at Saint Mary's College. Though she has spent 23 years of her life in Massachusetts, she is intolerant of temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Lily Brown at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 6, No. 1, where "Diagonal View of a Rectangular Door" ran on March 23, 2006. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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