Free-floating by Gregory Luce

anxiety surfaces at about
the same rate as the sun sinks
my apartment too
small to pace
the cat slinking
in the corners
as best she can
I close my hands
to still trembling
fingers and breathe
through tight teeth
then the knock
and you materialize
now I ungrit
my teeth draw
in suddenly clear air
pull my nails
out of my palms
and let my fingers
float free.

(for Naomi)

Gregory Luce
Gregory Luce, author of Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications), Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications), and Tile (Finishing Line Press), has published widely in print and online. He is the 2014 Larry Neal Award winner for adult poetry, given by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He recently retired from National Geographic and lives in Arlington, VA.

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