Last Night

art by MinagraphyI looked in on you last night.

That point-five-second draft
of penguin’s breath
you thought was just
a gust outside the window
and the birdcall
you’d have sworn
was from a horse
were clues I left
because I was concerned
how you were doing.

If you don’t believe me,
check the unicorn’s hoof prints on the sill
before the wind kisses the evidence away.

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Stan Galloway, nominated Best of the Net in 2011 and 2012, teaches English at Bridgewater College in Virginia. His chapbook Abraham is available from Sierra Delta Press. His full collection Just Married is forthcoming from unbound CONTENT. He has also written a book of literary criticism, The Teenage Tarzan (McFarland, 2010).

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