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The Red Sofa

The narrow strand
was an ink stain
was a thin black line

on the red sofa
where you waited
until the mystery resolved

and the wind shook you
as the sun lifted your smoke
as she removed your tie

as you showered her with orchids …
and now you sit in rocking chairs
so old your memories fade

and darkness grants you
one last wish
but your son was never born

and the candles send dreams of bones
to gather in darkness
between the wooden beams

and the faded white
of the ceiling paint
and here is where it ends.





Paul Ilechko is the author of the chapbooks Bartok in Winter (Flutter Press, 2018) and Graph of Life (Finishing Line Press, 2018). His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Manhattanville Review, West Trade Review, Cathexis Northwest Press, Otoliths and Pithead Chapel. He lives with his partner in Lambertville, NJ, USA. 

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