Fay Dillof

Into and Away
by Fay Dillof

I have searched every drawer in the house for the silver earring
I lost in the sea. Have learned, at a certain age, how to look

simultaneously into and away from the mirror.
It used to be the lines that slaughtered me––

lyrics like I know I would die if I could come back new.
Now it’s how the lead singer mumbles the verse,

the hurt glittering, just beneath,
and becoming¬¬––like so many buried things––

part treasure, part bomb.
I try out the words mid-life crisis

the way I try on a tight mini skirt I like
yet hesitate to purchase. The fit not quite right

but in places, gripping.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 23, Issue 4.

Fay DillofFay Dillof’s work has appeared in Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Spillway, Field, New Ohio Review, Green Mountain Review, Rattle, Verse Daily, and other publications. Her honors include the Dogwood Literary Prize in Poetry, The Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry, and scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference and Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. A graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers, she keeps near the Marguerite Duras quote: “No matter what I say, I will never discover why I write, nor how others do not write.”

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