Heather Minette – Three Poems

authorphotoHeather Minette is a graduate student of literature at the University of Houston – Clear Lake and the author of Rooftops and Other Poems (Blue Hour Press 2013). Her work has been featured on Freshly Pressed and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. More of her writing is available to view at http://www.heatherminette.com
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Jagged Moonlight

He’s half-awake
and half-asking again,
the question I can’t answer.

The words getting stuck in a cortex,
lost in some hemisphere.

I don’t know what it was
that drifted between us
when our knees touched
beneath the table
that afternoon in midtown,

or why it was his voice I longed for
on the quiet train ride
from Pisa to Florence,

or how an overexposed photograph
of his sunburnt cheeks
and my crooked bottom teeth
could be so dense with love.

I don’t know what it was
that made me reply yes that night,
under the jagged moonlight
with a sincere and eager heart.

I only know
its nature was to flee,

and it fled.
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Sea Glass

If I had the courage
I’d ask you to remember,

her blonde braid
falling between
her shoulder blades,

her porcelain skin
glowing between
walls of sea glass.

If I had the courage
I’d ask you to remember,

her blonde braid
now streaked with gray,

still falls between
her shoulder blades.
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prayers

when I was a child
I wrote letters

and buried them
behind the shed
in my backyard

that was how
things made their way
to God –

through the earth

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