Forty-five minutes before we can emerge,
still helicopters hover looking
for non-essential movement.
The paper thunked from a passing car
half an hour ago in the lingering dark,
front page displaying yesterday’s news.
I don’t dare collect it yet.
Instead, I stay in bed, wondering
what this shortened day will bring
in the 12 hours we’re allowed:
spring, protests, crowds blossoming.
Betsy Mars lives in southern California with her small menagerie. She is a prize-winning poet, photographer, and educator. She founded Kingly Street Press in 2019, publishing her first anthology, Unsheathed: 24 Contemporary Poets Take Up the Knife, in October. Her work has appeared widely online, most recently in Live Encounters, Silver Birch Press, Verse-Virtual, Kissing Dynamite, and The New Verse News as well as in multiple anthologies. Her chapbook, Alinea (Picture Show Press), came out in January 2019.
In the Muddle of the Night, a chapbook she is co-authoring with poet Alan Walowitz, will be published by Arroyo Seco Press later in 2020.
Having lived in Brazil as a young child, she has always been sensitive to the richness of other languages and cultures, while also being aware of the great disparities that exist at home and abroad.