Gail lives in Sarasota, Florida.
© 2007 Gail Ghai
TRYING TO READ
The cocker spaniel claws at my study door.
It's not that he wants to come in.
Or that he misses my charisma.
He simply despises barriers.
Groaningly, I turn from the heart
of my story, about a woman trying
to run away.
I rise from my warm micro-fiber couch,
the color of slate or regret
and open into the dog's pink panting,
shattering score of the Pitt-Syracuse game,
arm-flapping pierces of my husband,
steam-lifting lid of beef stew, harsh
white whirling of the washer.
For a spiked moment, I hesitate—
like the two-minded woman
in Tyler's novel.
Should she stay
and drown in mediocrity?
Or disappear into dark rousings
of the city?
and slip silently back
into the humdrum
of my life.
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