This Unmade Bed


No one claimed

The umbrella


And it became

However many years



Out among the rains

Someone acknowledges


Me in that same empty

Space of not–taking



If the birds stop

Or if they resume


It doesn't matter

They’ve all been


Given names alongside

Flowers alongside


The water I carry

To my own breaking


While you say roses

And are marked


Only by the pulse

Of not having

Among Our Darkness


The moment after. And

the art. Of conceding.


   The flag. As failed.


Possibility. A gaudy

flagpole’s truck.


   Mocks. Our theft.


Then we slip. Behind.

Doors. Heavy oak.


   Barred. Several hours.


Already. Squares of sky.

Blistering cityscapes.


   The margins scarred.


Uneven beneath. Us.

We take to the floor.


   Daub. At disregard.


White. On white. Both.

Expanse. And erasure.


   Then. This globe.


This cheap diorama.

You. Bewildering snow.


   You. Stars set free.


Derek Pollard is co–author with Derek Henderson of the book Inconsequentia (BlazeVOX 2010). His poems, creative non–fiction, and reviews appear in American Book Review, Colorado Review, Court Green, Diagram III, H_ngm_n, Pleiades, and Six–Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak, among numerous other anthologies and journals. He is currently a contributing editor for Barrow Street, Inc., and on faculty at Brookdale Community College, at Pratt Institute, and at the Downtown Writer’s Center in Syracuse, New York.

Kevin McLellan is the author of the chapbook Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets.  He has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Diagram, Horse Less Review, Hunger Mountain, Interim, Poetry East, Southern Humanities Review, Sugar House Review, Versal and several others.  Kevin lives in Cambridge MA with two canaries, and sometimes teaches poetry workshops at the University of Rhode Island in Providence.