A Wife Speaks To Her Husband During Visiting Hours at Douglas County Jail

You should be home
helping me
string slate and russet gems
into our lives’ fortune.

We could be on fire
slow dancing
under a new moon.

Instead, I am here sitting with you.
The only slate: your grey T-shirt
The only russet:
your orange prison pants.

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When Annie Newcomer lost her brother, John Klier, Jewish Scholar and Russian Historian who lived and taught in London to misdiagnosed cancer in 2007, she was bereft. Writing saved her. Now she teaches Poetry and Play Writing at Turning Point, a center for the chronically ill associated with the University of Kansas. She endeavors to share this joy of the written word with others.

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