SOLSTICE

by Shannon Sankey

Today the light
            was brief, and we
stood to consider it
            at the window.

The neighbor’s barn
            was thirty blues
in quick succession, then
            it was over with.

I thought of each
            of my dead.

The house plants shook
            and drew breath
imperceptibly.

            If they signaled
some mild message
            to one another,
it had probably nothing
            to do with us.

Shannon Sankey is the author of We Ran Rapturous (The Atlas Review, 2019). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming at Poets.org, Best New Poets 2019, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, the Minnesota Review, Puerto del Sol, Sugar House Review, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2017 Academy of American Poets Prize and a 2019 SAFTA residency. She holds an MFA from Chatham University, where she was the Whitford Fellow.