Friday, January 6, 2017

James Babbs writes

The Light Out There

they built some kind of substation
out there in the field
near the edge of the road
where they found her body
a couple of years ago
some kind of tower
surrounded with chain-link fence
probably something for cell phones
if I had to guess
I drive past it
every morning on my way to work
and at night
when I look out my kitchen window
I see the light out there
shining through the dark
it makes me think of a ghost
the young woman whose murder remains unsolved
I guess that’s why
I can’t get it out of my mind
those kinds of things
aren’t supposed to happen around here
someone’s still out there
I might have walked right past them
I even know their name


 Invasive Species -- Dillon Marsh
 Ophelia -- John Everett Millais

1 comment:

  1. Ophelia was a character in William Shakespeare's p;ay, "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark," propably written sometime between 1599 and 1602. Her name was derivd from the Greek word "ophelos" (help). At her funeral, Hamlet's mother mourned,
    Sweets to the sweet, farewell!...
    I thought thy bride-bed to have deck'd, sweet maid,
    And not have strew'd thy grave.

    (Earlier, Ophelia had sung to her estranged lover Hamlet,
    There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you, love,
    remember. And there is pansies, that's for thoughts.
    There's fennel for you, and columbines. There's rue for you,
    and here's some for me. We may call it herb of grace o' Sundays....)


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