To Be Honest, Not At All Like Fine Wine,
Vapor rises from the bath, a shoal of ghost fish surrounding me,
a mantle of mist to conceal the damage. I've been told that some
do this gracefully, but who has the energy for grace?
Instead I cling to small miracles, admire the intricate lace
edges of kale mapping an unknown coast. I search a box
of languages for one that buzzes at the pitch of preservation.
But the odometer rolls forward no matter how many times
I stop at yellow lights, horns behind me blaring.
I beg your pardon. I am trying to make something last.
Donna Vorreyer is the author of To Everything There Is (2020), Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (2016), and A House of Many Windows (2013), all from Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared in Salamander, Salt Hill, Baltimore Review, Poet Lore, Sugar House Review, Waxwing, and others. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago and currently serves as an associate editor for Rhino Poetry.