- One Night
One night, she turns the novel’s last page. This is all— small house, plain street, some trees, sweet and irksome neighbors, dishes, bills, water leaks,
fallen branches, people, dogs, cats adrift in dreams. The novel is for youth, the story of a sea journey after loss, cross words and danger
and, in the end healed bones and hearts choosing this, over adventure, effervescent longing. The story plucked like a string— the world a whorl, made plain by the stain of surrender. [End Page 41]
Alexa Mergen is the author of the chapbooks Three Weeks Before Summer and We Have Trees. Her poem “Distance,” published in Solo Novo, was a Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Taste Test selection. She edits the blog Yoga Stanza.