Child-Sitting

by Tony Reevy

Her hand is warm,
the respirator’s 
gasp-rasp-click
louder than the snap
of the quartz clock.
Outside, a fresh Spring
forces buds to open
under a blank window.

The machine’s sighs 
tell the time here,
less than a day
until they
turn it
off.

 

Tony Reevy’s previous publications include poetry, non-fiction and short fiction, including the non-fiction books Ghost Train!, O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line and The Railroad Photography of Jack Delano, the poetry chapbooks Green Cove Stop, Magdalena, Lightning in Wartime, and In Mountain Lion Country, and the full books of poetry, Old North, Passage and Socorro. He resides in Durham, North Carolina with wife, Caroline Weaver, and children Lindley and Ian.

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