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Night Drive
by Suzanne Rogier Marshall

The broken yellow line disappears
into the dark ahead. My rear-view mirror—
boundless black, trapped

in our mother’s womb, each other’s
arms. Trapped in a shared bed, your dark
rages, you drew a line, dared me to cross,
hurled angry words at me: I hate you.
I hate you. I wish you were dead!

You stalk my dreams, crouch in shadow,
clench scissors, knives, things that cut.
Strike. My screams
wake me. A blinding glare,

headlights fill my mirror, larger,
larger, beams on high, the past
lunging forward. Sister,
you overtake me in the night.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 21, Issue 4

Suzanne Rogier MarshallSuzanne Rogier Marshall taught English to middle school students for nearly forty years, publishing several professional articles and a book on teaching poetry. Her poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Heartwood Literary Journal, Up North Literary Journal, Portage Magazine, Watershed Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and other journals and anthologies. She is the author of Blood Knot, a chapbook published by Porkbelly Press in 2015.

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Along the Edge of the Mad
by Suzanne Rogier Marshall

A tumble-rush, whitewater roar, the river races, mad
as its name, over cobble

and ledge. Kingfisher rattling overhead, I wander
a jumble of boulders beached at its edge –

granite hump-backed, sun-bleached, streaked
in ochre and dun, glint of quartz.

Amid this wild scatter, a rock the shape of my heart –
two lobes tapered to a point,

tumbled, humbled by water, grit, the hone of time,
ground down. Once jagged, sharp,

now weathered, worn smooth. A heart I can hide
in a pocket, hold in my hand.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 20, Issue 3.

Suzanne Rogier MarshallSuzanne Rogier Marshall taught English to middle school students for nearly forty years, publishing several professional articles and a book on teaching poetry. Her poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Heartwood Literary Journal, Up North Literary Journal, Portage Magazine, Watershed Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and other journals and anthologies. She is the author of Blood Knot, a chapbook published by Porkbelly Press in 2015.

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