One day you’re old and thankful. One day
you’re buying a ukulele and searching
for your favorite pen, a notebook. One day,
you scream at another driver. One day
you open the jewelry box to find the ring
you thought you lost. One day
the ring is God. One day, fear. One day
there’s a knock on the door—a delivery of flowers,
your lost dog is found. One day a friend asks
how she can help. One day A Streetcar
Named Desire, a glass of wine, and a breakdown.
One day you lean too close
to the stranger on your left. One day
you drop your keys in a parking lot, one day
you pray everyone makes it home safely.
One day the biopsy is cancerous, one day,
but not today.
Kelli Russell Agodon’s most recent book, Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014), was a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards and shortlisted for the Julie Suk Prize in Poetry. Her other books include The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice (coauthored with Martha Silano), Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry (co-edited with Annette Spaulding-Convy), and Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room, winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Prize for poetry and a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards. Her work as appeared in The Atlantic, Harvard Review, New England Review, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Kelli is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press where she works as an editor and book cover designer and is also the Co-Director of the Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women. She has received grants and awards in writing and editing from Artist Trust, the Puffin Foundation, Centrum Foundation, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. She lives in a sleepy seaside town in the Pacific Northwest where she is an avid paddleboarder and hiker. She is currently working on her 4th collection of poems. www.agodon.com / www.twosylviaspress.com