Issue No. 3, Winter 2012

Last Spring in Dublin
Allie Marini Batts

There were fireflies embroidered
on the woolen lapels of your winter coat
For luck, you said, though three of the buttons fell off
that last spring in Dublin.

Lost among the cobblestones, the tarnish of your missing buttons
disappeared, so you bought new ones, too shiny.
I stitched them onto the smoke infused wool
and hoped you wouldn’t notice my careless stitches.

As you crawled into the tent, outside, glowworms emerged
from nowhere, drawn to your flashlight.
It was too cold for camping, damp and wet,
and I felt too American, shivering in the sleeping bag,
wishing for sunshine and fireflies tagging each other in the dark.

I had almost forgotten about your lost buttons,
but sometimes, when I zip up the mosquito net
to let the night breeze in, I fall into a dream of
warm winter coats in the Irish springtime, your missing buttons
borne back to me on the faint beating of insect wings.

Allie Marini Batts is an alumna of New College of Florida, meaning she can explain deconstructionism, but cannot perform simple math. Her work has appeared in over 100 literary publications that her parents haven’t heard of. Her chapbook, “With This Ring,” was a 2012 finalist for the Casey Shay Press annual Mary Ballard award. Her short story, “Two Pounds, Two Ounces,” was recognized as a Story of Distinction in the 2012 E.M. Koppel Short Fiction Awards and she is a 2012 poetry nominee for the Sundress Press “Best of the Net” Award. Allie lives in Tallahassee with her husband, where she feeds and befriends opossums and treefrogs. She is a research writer and is pursuing her MFA degree in Creative Writing through Antioch University Los Angeles. Allie’s publications can be found on her author’s blog, or to read her book reviews and literary blogging, visit Bookshelf Bombshells.