I walk through our home in mind
          to make a cup of coffee.
          Greeting leaves in the picture window,
          I seem slow to grind the beans.
          A crystal dish—the things I love—
          the rooms gleam white and clean.
          Our desk is neat between
          your bills, my calendar and pen,
          the floor plan gauzed beyond a screen.
          Be tidying when I come, dust me off—
          another thing. I bring to you
          The Late Romances, the walls suffuse in cream.
          Our room, your face, the porcelain,
          light unbuttons the dream.
          I itch my eyes open to fix
          on minnows squirting downstream.
SANDRA MARCHETTI’s debut full-length collection of poems, Confluence, will be published in Gold Wake Press’ 2014 Print Series. An illustrated fine press edition of her essays and poetry entitled A Detail in the Landscape is also forthcoming from Eating Dog Press. Sandy is the author of a chapbook, The Canopy, available from Midwest Writing Center Press and her poems appear in The Journal, Subtropics, The Hollins Critic, Sugar House Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, and elsewhere.