20 December 2006 | Vol. 6, No. 4

Romantic Movies

The plane crashed

but did the pilot

have to be so badly

burned? Our blonde—her hair

fluent, sea plants reaching

for the sea—must she love him

still (no matter

what)? Wailing

in silence by carlight

at the hospital, he's strapped

down by puzzling

contraptions. Confession

—is it needed (bowls

of diamonds?)—

Question: should I slip

on my slip and rush this

flight or wait full blushed

for the warning

call? Return: it snowed

all night and now, quietly,

I watch you shovel

our driveway (trace

trail). The dawning

shivers. Makes a sail.

About the author:

Lauren Goodwin Slaughter is Assistant Professor of English at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Fiction Editor for the online journal, DIAGRAM. Her poems have recently appeared in Salt Hill, Crab Orchard Review, Blue Mesa Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Juked, 5_trope, and also on Verse Daily.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Lauren Goodwin Slaughter at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 6, No. 4, where "Romantic Movies" ran on December 20, 2006. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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