Ann Arbor Review


Geoffrey Philip
Joseph McNair
Chris Lord
Coleman Barks
Dave Etter
Elisavietta Ritchie
Sam Cornish
Duane Locke
Karyn Wolven
Marisella Veiga
Michael D. Long
Running Cub
Joanie Freeman
Alan Britt
Shutta Crum
Steve Beaulieu
Gerald Clark
Mary E. Finlan
Fred Wolven


No east nor west in the furniture stores
by which to map your search for comfort.
No horizon nor prevailing wind
by which to reckon a course.

Yet self-assured you stride
unencumbered and unabstracted,
your needs a coalescence
of fixed starts newborn
to aid your navigation
out of thirteen years.

Eyes quick, palms testing,
your butt and back alert to nuance.
Spirit within you and within your budget
of an ancient coastal fisherwoman--
newly single mother.

Tape measure quivers between
your hand and mine,
no premonition of our true distance
nor depth
nor how soon we will encounter
the weather that marks the passage
from comfort that I am
to the comfort I can't provide.

Michael D. Long, Ann Arbor, Michigan


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