The night is almost too quiet.
His snore is the exhaust of a semi
roaring down the two-lane. The dog
at her water bowl is a summer lake
lapping the silt beach. And the woman
—big glasses, denim jeans, hair
pulled back with a scarf—holds
a yellow pencil in her teeth.
The woman is the poem.
Diane K. Martin has published work in SWWIM Every Day, American Poetry Review, Field, Kenyon Review, Tin House, Plume, and many other print and online journals. Her poems have been included in Best New Poets and have received a Pushcart Special Mention. Her first collection, Conjugated Visits, a National Poetry Series finalist, was published in 2010 by Dream Horse Press. Her second book, Hue & Cry, is forthcoming from MadHat Press in September, 2019.