December, The Stars Dragging the Night Away

by Ruth Baumann

To wish you
peace not born
of exhaustion—

one bell ringing & ringing
until hands, finally, encircle it
& still its cord—

what a goal, what a love,

Love. I’ve been lost
& caught like fireflies.

I want you free.

I want you able to listen,
one ear to the floorboards
of any given moment,

the earth sifting itself
for new ways to be kind to you.

Ruth Baumann is the author of Parse, forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2018. She is also the author of four chapbooks: A Thousand Ars Poeticas (Sixth Finch, 2018), Retribution Binary (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), wildcold (Slash Pines Press, 2016) & I’ll Love You Forever & Other Temporary Valentines (Salt Hill, 2015). Poems are published in Colorado Review, Sonora Review, Sycamore Review, The Journal, Third Coast & others. She is a PhD candidate at Florida State University & holds an MFA from the University of Memphis. She also co-edits Nightjar Review.