A poem by Jim Zola
At night, once-dark windows flicker yellow light,
forcing me to imagine lives sadder than my own.
She wears pink fuzzy slippers. A dog bowl lost
in the corner. She believes in radio
romance. Her husband is dust gingerly moved
between crystal angels. She wonders why
I conjure her instead of a hootchie mama
in a snug slip eating buttered crackers,
dancing to the rhythm of her own sweet sway.
She imagines me across the mud shaven field,
the rabbit loved emptiness, this doom that connects us.