When the Song Ends

When the black cat purrs
in her lap and the white
wicker rocker creaks
on the cement porch,
she looks indifferently
at the unopened envelope

delivered this morning
bearing a Wyoming
cancellation postmarked
between the western prairies
of Nebraska and Iowa—
a sunflower-dotted landscape

they had explored together.
After a rainbow arch hung
above the interstate,
that summer they listened
under a faint orange twilight
to a country song about

untamed meadows outside
of Laramie where they had
heard the echoes of an owl
eager to witness the west
wind disperse hundreds
of dandelion parachutes.

His memory preserves
that journey as she meditates
about other times and places.

Dr. Jim Brosnan is the author of Nameless Roads (2019). His poems have appeared in the Aurorean (US), Crossways Literary Magazine (Ireland), Eunoia Review (Singapore), Nine Muses Poetry (Wales,) Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts (India), Scarlet Leaf Review (Canada), The Strand Magazine (India), and Voices of the Poppies (United Kingdom). He holds the rank of full professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, and has just been awarded a faculty fellowship to complete his second collection, Driving Long Distance.

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