Jody Azzouni


When I finally catch my breath

Earlier version appeared in The Bitter Oleander 5:2, 1999
Added 12/14/2017
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When I finally catch my breath

Poem | Jody's Notes


Shadows, small embryos of night:

pool around my bedside.


The quiet rustle of commiseration:

“So sad it had to happen now”: time

visceral on their hands.


Cast by nothing,

the dark of the solitary

doorstep, the unscrolled

clock. Somewhere


the past pools up

like a hoard: its root

deep in equation

solved by angels.


For now, I exhale.

Little moments scatter like rain.

The sullen puddle evaporates.