By Jayne Marek
For a long time, I slid smoothly in clear
space above cloud cover
with its golden smile. Then rolls of pink
hair sifted up and flowed
across the window, and a shoulder
of dark land appeared
tipped with toy shapes of a city beginning
to shimmer in dusk,
while the dense scarlet sun
leaned over it, too heavy
to hold itself up, exhaling sweet violet
as its nightcap slowly
slid down to cover its eye.
Jayne Marek’s poetry collections are Company of Women: New and Selected Poems (co-authored with Lylanne Musselman and Mary Sexson, 2013), Imposition of Form on the Natural World (2013), and In and Out of Rough Water (2017), with a new full-length book scheduled to appear late in 2017. Her poems and art photos appear in publications such as Spillway, Amsterdam Quarterly, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Amsterdam Review, Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders, Notre Dame Review, 3Elements, Watershed Review, Sliver of Stone, Camas, and elsewhere.