Moments fade without ever knowing

Poetry / Cynthia Arrieu-King

after the painting by Hildy Maze

each gold blade building the appearance of things       one waving curl

backburn of red tint       your ash brown hair drives my hand to touch it

what I had hoped for                 a companion who breathes into           holds my hair

under the straw             and thrusts it aside       makes room       makes less room

us within something ordinary

two needles

under all the dead grass

the aspect: silence rings through disorder

white cruciform fish at sea in a tea cloth           finally

I got no balm from saying what things looked like

Cynthia Arrieu-King teaches at Stockton University. Her collaborative book of poems, Unlikely Conditions, written with the late Hillary Gravendyk was published by 1913 Press in March 2016. Her poems have appeared this year in Fence, Ampersand Review, and Drunken Boat. She lives on the East Coast.