Jeannine Hall Gailey
When the wind comes it is raining.
She runs her fingers up and down the cold stone wall.
She is tired. When he left, he took
with him the long rope of her hair,
and her memories. There were scratches
on his face. Someone said later
it was thorns, briars that had grown over the tower.
She trudges up the long stairs and locks
herself in. Her mother stopped visiting years ago.
Now she leans out, lets the water fall on the cool fringe
of her scalp, tells the roses to keep growing over her window.
Jeannine Hall Gailey is the Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington, and the author of Becoming the Villainess (Steel Toe Books, 2006) and She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books, 2011). Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. She volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches part-time at the MFA program at National University. Her web site is http://www.webbish6.com.