Venus in Transit
by Anne Britting Oleson

She flashed across his universe,
all swing skirt and sandals
and red hair and convertible—
where she slung her purse
into the back seat before
sliding behind the wheel.

Tonight’s cowboy, hopes dashed,
stands in a parking lot
lit by a sputtering streetlight,
watching the glowing taillights
disappear down the empty road,
hunching his shoulders
against the echo of mocking laughter
streaming from the heavens
like a falling, failing star.

(for Morgan)

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 15, Issue 3.

Anne Britting Oleson has been published widely, in North America, Europe and Asia.  She has published two chapbooks, The Church of St. Materiana and The Beauty of It.  She lives in central Maine with her family.

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