brow knit over a dim computer screen
judging the text you write with harsher tones
than the out-of-date junk piano blare
from the conductor play of kids next door.
Tonight, I made your favorite lemon pie,
potatoes in a butter mash, and steak
hoping to lift the lid of hunger enough
for you to see our skinny love, starving,
licked clean by the dreams at the door.
Abigail Michelini is an English professor at Northampton Community College working on her doctorate in English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has been a lover a poetry since she was 8-years-old, when she and her dad started memorizing poems together. It has remained a life force for her ever since.