Looking at the Moon
In the kitchen I watched
you fry it up in the pan
while listening to Billie Holiday
tell stories of ghosts.
Lyrics mesmerize in a continuous spin.
I imagine I find you in the nod of someone
who remembers your name, a stranger
who can recall the Jack Daniels
on your breath. Tell me again about Highway 1.
Lie to me about stories from tattoo parlors. Tap your Camels
on the edge of your wrist, packing each cigarette–
take me out to see the fireflies. We will spin around the yard again,
together, looking at the moon.
Copyright Carrie Teresa Maison. 2014. All Rights Reserved.
Carrie Teresa Maison is an English professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Virginia Community College. In addition to her position at NVCC, she is also a member of the English faculty at American Public University System (APUS). Maison holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from George Mason University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Queens University of Charlotte. Maison is currently working towards a postgraduate certification in Nonfiction at Queens. She is also a part-time freelance writer for various online publications.