Affectionate Weather

The fog came back
like it missed us,
wrapping the city in pearl gray,
kissing eyelashes and windows.

The great red bridge
became a myth, a short road
to a mystery you
aren’t meant to solve.

Her towers poke upwards
like lost fingers never
quite escaping to the sky.
All the islands are swallowed.

Mark J. Mitchell’s latest novel, The Magic War, just appeared from Loose Leaves Publishing. He studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver and George Hitchcock. His work has appeared in several anthologies and hundreds of periodicals. Three of his chapbooks—Three Visitors, Lent, 1999, and Artifacts and Relics—and the novel, Knight Prisoner, are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. He lives with his wife, the activist and documentarian Joan Juster, and makes a living pointing out pretty things in San Francisco. A meager online presence can be found at

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