Laure-Anne Bosselaar

October 24, 2016 Bosselaar Laure-Anne



This longing for him the choke in my throat again —

enough, enough.


So I throw a coat over my shoulders

close the door behind me, quietly,


as if afraid to wake another ache.

Almost dawn. It’ll seep


into the sky behind the palms. So I head east

into this street of bungalows


as if I belonged here, among the somber windows

lit one by one, among the first


joggers & their dogs, past garages yawning

out cars into the noisy businesses


of the day. This longing, again for him — who,

last June, did not wait for light,


turned his face away from the window, &, quietly,

entered silence.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, Small Gods of Grief, winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize, and of A New Hunger, selected as an ALA Notable Book. Four Way Books will publish her next collection, These Many Rooms, in early 2019.