- Friend Shift
I'm trying to forgive my friendwho arrives like a bleederin an ambulance.
I should minimizemy exposure, as to a badvirus or too much sun.
I'm always the shadow,the "local talent," sweepingthe floor, feting her
even when my new babyhad just come home.I was gulping
cranberry ginger alesin dazed thirst to restoremyself as she uncorked
another dark-green bottle,put her thumbin the deep punt
of the heavy bell-shapedbottom, and poured herselfmore red. [End Page 98]
Leslie Williams is the author of Success of the Seed Plants, winner of the Bellday Prize, and birdlife, winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, forthcoming in 2019. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Image, Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Shenandoah, and many other magazines.