over low tide at the shore
you never visit.
You imagine the sound
of a far-off train.
Someone else is passing through
this place where you must stay.
You listen to
the rain, the drums, the plucked
bass, the right-hand flutter.
You recognize, then don’t recognize
playing somewhere beyond
the computer screen
the coffee cup
your waking life.
Marianne Szlyk is the editor of The Song Is... , an associate poetry editor at Potomac Review, and a professor of English at Montgomery College. Her second chapbook, I Dream of Empathy, was published by Flutter Press. Her first chapbook is available through Kind of a Hurricane Press. She hopes that you will consider sending work to her magazine. For more information about it, see this link: http://thesongis.blogspot.com/