2 April 2008 | Vol. 8, No. 1


When the body does something right, a happiness gathers above and behind its left shoulder.

The body, sensing the happiness, knows not to catch it

but knows not that the happiness too knows not to catch the body, which as it happens feels more acutely feelings located outside itself;

the woman it imagines with one insubstantial hand examines the happiness and with the other touches the body, perhaps on top of the head. The body feels the touch as wetness down its long loose hair and so feels consoled,

and also wonders if its pretended companion feels lonely, and asks.

Maybe, the woman says, we should find you a friend.

About the author:

Melissa Koosmann received her MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona in 2004. Her poems have appeared in various journals, including DIAGRAM, Coconut, the Indiana Review, and others.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Melissa Koosmann at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 8, No. 1, where "Another" ran on April 2, 2008. List other work with these same labels: poetry, prose poem.

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