Alec Solomita has published fiction in the Southword Journal, The Mississippi Review, Southwest Review, and The Adirondack Review, among other publications. He was shortlisted by the Bridport Prize and Southword Journal, and named a finalist by the Noctua Review. His poetry has appeared in Algebra of Owls, The Galway Review, The Lake, Literary Orphans, MockingHeart Review, and elsewhere. His poetry chapbook, ‘Do Not Forsake Me,’ was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA.

The Time of Your Radiance

I wonder how you got here
who steered you into my
other dark when I felt
that when you left
it would be the last of you

Long before when you shone
I never ever thought about
your leaving never mind
returning but here you are
and what is that saying older
than I am older than even you
probably coming back like
a bad penny

What in god’s name is a bad penny
and why does it keep showing up
as I mentioned you shone at one time
but it was the whole time and though
your coming back is quick and short
it’s something to see the light so bright