In the presence of stalking men I made diminuendo,
Grinding teeth in rain, and it cameâ€”
a wind swarm from New Jersey with its capricious cache.
Bent willows near the East River
butterfly runners ducking for cover.
I wonder why thereâ€™s no truck stop
between life and suicide, a beach
with anemometer to lounge and gauge
when itâ€™s time to live or strip
like a jute before crossing over.
What fear ventures: limbo and lupine,
a lyric supine decision.
Nanette Rayman Rivera, two-time Pushcart nominee is the author of the new poetry collection, shana linda ~ pretty pretty, published by Scattered Light Publications and available at createspace.com . She is the first winner of the Glass Woman Prize for memoir Her first poetry collection, Project:Butterflies is available from Foothills Publishing