she looks, he looks, they look at each other
he wishes he could write a song that feels like this.
she said it loud, the same sound over and over, a whole story in one word ignored. no.
is staring at her through the bars, little ducks in a halo over it
she wonders if this is hell.
looking down at the shine of Earth, he watches it fade like a smile,
half remembered and sad at the edges.
memorize the sounds you never heard when she was alive,
forever sorry it took this to hear them.
Kate LaDew is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Studio Art.