- The Long-Distance Relationship
Once, she found her gas tank door sealed with ice. So unthinking was she
that she nearly used her pocket lighter to melt it. If only, now, it were so simple:
a flick of some desperate wrist, open flame, then— closure, at least. Instead, she runneled
then chiseled the door open, managed after to sing her way north, watching for the spur
of light, white tail whisking across the night, her pale moon knuckles worrying the wheel.
She drove him; she drove away from him. These were her weekends now,
their elbows sooty with the cheap print of obscure texts. She remembers waiting for him in bed
the days he’d hike to campus, streets snow-packed and silent. She is not lonely without him,
naked and unafraid as the snow keeps coming down. Like a cat, she stretches into the warm print
his body has left. [End Page 39]
Molly Sutton Kiefer is the author of the full-length lyric essay Nestuary (2014). She has published three poetry chapbooks and has work in Orion, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Passages North, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Fiddlehead Review, Ecotone, South Dakota Review, and The Collagist, among others. She is publisher at Tinderbox Editions and founder of Tinderbox Poetry Journal.