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Stars, Moon, Rooster, and: Maybe That Good Cherry Jam
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Stars, Moon, Rooster

Later, the road looked bright
from the kitchen window,
so she walked it.
Stars, moon. The sand.
The rooster still awake.
Then the village—
some small houses
with dark squares of glass,
the kind of house with linoleum,
with a woman who stays up late and hopes.
She knows about hope, has had plenty.
But the hoping for a thing is always
so much more than the thing itself.
A child is born and is practically
the embodiment of hope.
She’d seen that kind before.
But what then?
A moment or two of purity,
naked on a table,
then the whole thing thrust
into the arms of another?
In the end, it all gets used up.
And the hope doesn’t matter so much
anymore, and anyway, she’s come far
enough by now, been gone long enough.
A mix of sea salt and wind scuttles up dust,
an empty plastic grocery sack.
She goes to that blown-down cyclone fence,
steps over and crosses into the desert.
She heads to the open place,
where light falls equally, like snow,
where everything’s a shivering
kismet of silvery white.

Maybe That Good Cherry Jam

If a single day in the life
of an ordinary woman
is enough, if it includes
at the beginning strong
coffee with cardamom,
or maybe a squeeze of lemon
in a cup of gin—depends on the day,
no one has said yet what kind
of day this actually is,
it might be the most ordinary
day of anyone’s life: that light
through the kitchen window,
the ironed cloth, warm bread
and some good cherry jam
or a sip of gin held tight
for a moment against
the back of the tongue,
her heart already used up
by some wreckage or other.
They say the world breaks everyone.
That what you are afterward
is all that really matters.
So why shouldn’t she put down
this day, like a bundle,
and then just walk away?

Bonnie Bolling  

Bonnie Bolling is the editor of Verdad and the author of In the Kingdom of the Sons, winner of the 2011 Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Solo Novo, The Cortland Review, and American Literary Review. She earned an MFA at University of California, Riverside. Currently, she lives in Southern California and Bahrain.

Copyright © 2014 Louisiana State University Press
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Bonnie Bolling. "Stars, Moon, Rooster, and: Maybe That Good Cherry Jam." Southern Review 50.2 (2014): 304-305. Project MUSE. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Bolling, B.(2014). Stars, Moon, Rooster, and: Maybe That Good Cherry Jam. Southern Review 50(2), 304-305. Louisiana State University Press. Retrieved April 25, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Bonnie Bolling. "Stars, Moon, Rooster, and: Maybe That Good Cherry Jam." Southern Review 50, no. 2 (2014): 304-305. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed April 25, 2014).
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