A Journal of Poetry and Kindred Prose

Joanne Merriam

is a Canadian living in New Hampshire.

Her poetry has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Room of One’s Own and Stand Magazine.

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Variations on Pablo Neruda After Ode to Enchanted Light

In the offices
light drips from ceilings.
The light a sharp
scaffolding of windows
shining on every tile
and drifting down like the pulled
wings of moths.

A copier sends
its swishing song
high into the climate controlled air.

The world is
a cup overflowing
with coffee.

Originally published in The Antigonish Review