The Image


Picked up a glove
from a bush
and found
a hand inside.
I didn’t feel

so lonely anymore.
I felt a little
spooked, honestly.
We were shaking,
we’d just met,

and I couldn’t
extricate myself
from the pleasantry.
So I brought
the hand home

and put it on ice,
like something
I had to preserve,
though forgetting
was what I needed.

Bill Carty lives in Seattle and is the author of We Sailed on the Lake (Bunny Presse/Fonograf Editions, 2023) and Huge Cloudy (Octopus Books, 2019).