Susan Tepper – Left Behind

Susan Tepper is the author of eight published books of fiction and poetry. Her most recent book just out in June is a road novel titled “What Drives Men.” It was shortlisted at American Book Fest Best Book Awards. Other honors and awards include eighteen Pushcart Nominations, a Pulitzer Prize Nomination for the novel “What May Have Been” (Cervena Barva Press, and currently being adapted for the stage), NPR’s Selected Shorts Series, Second Place Winner in Story/South Million Writers Award, Best Story of 17 Years of Vestal Review, Shortlisted 7th in the Zoetrope Novel Contest (2003), Best of the Net and more. Tepper is a native New Yorker.


Left Behind

Wet leaves spread across
your feet
in the confusion, shoes left
behind— a dark quiet room
And the birds stopped
flying over, by instinct
knew the impropriety of
the situation
Someone was bound
to be torn up—
shredded after all.
The leaves came down.

 

 

 

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