Maybe You Should Know



Maybe You Should Know

When an old lover—your first, in fact—

writes you from another continent to tell

you he’s getting married and that

(and here you imagine a pause

in his typing as he takes a long sip of coffee) he wanted you to know,

maybe you should know

you open the windows

and stare at the fog which took its time spreading

over your morning. You spread plum preserves

on toast and listen to the scratch of your knife.

You consider what this news means,

how it matters and doesn’t, how things would be simpler

if doors were more like windows, if the past

weren’t so well preserved in a tiny glass jar.


Kendall Pakula is a poet and copy writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of Coastal Carolina University, Pakula has recently been published in Blue Lyra Review.


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