November 8, 2014

Narrow Alley in Morning—From One End to the Other by Tobi Cogswell

Tattered seam of sky
ripped by curls of iron
and quiet chaos—

an opaque surface
hangs suspended, while
the morning blush of sun

patterns jigsaw pieces on
worn stone and smooth walls—
pungent color softened by shadow.

Balconies dry clothes,
somnolent flags of people’s lives.
Their colors fly, like ticker-tape,

floating pinks and reds, ready
to greet the day. Out of sight,
roused by the hush of lost dreams

and the smell of coffee, one
mangy neighborhood rooftop cat picks
a careful path through chimney smoke.

Tobi Cogswell is a four-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee.  Her sixth and latest chapbook is “Lapses & Absences”, (Blue Horse Press).  Her seventh chapbook, “The Coincidence of Castles”, is forthcoming from Glass Lyre Press. She is the co-editor of San Pedro River Review (

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