Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Sunday Poet: Robin Stratton

A Sign

I was sitting in a coffee shop

with a friend

telling her about a woman I know
who for years has been visited
by spirits
both benevolent and malicious

One time she was driving
in a rain storm and
her windshield wipers just
She prayed for a miracle
and they started again

Another time she came home
and her house was a mess
nothing was where it belonged
and the children denied any
responsibility for the disorder

One night she asked the spirits
for a sign to let her know
that everything was going
to be okay

And in the morning she went
to the kitchen and there
on the table was a piece
of paper
and written on the paper
was the symbol for infinity

When I told my friend this story
I drew the symbol for
on a napkin and when
we got up to go
I left the napkin on the table
so it could be a sign

for someone else

Robin Stratton has been a writing coach in the Boston area for over 25 years. She is the author of four novels, including one which was a National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist, two collections of poetry and short fiction, and a writing guide. A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she’s been published in Word Riot, 63 Channels, Antithesis Common, Poor Richard’s Almanac(k), Blink-Ink, Pig in a Poke, Chick Flicks, Up the Staircase, Shoots and Vines, and many others. She is Acquisitions Editor for Big Table Publishing Company, Senior Editor of Boston Literary Magazine, and Director of the Newton Writing and Publishing Center.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous5:42 AM

    Loving the infinity sign, I'm going to carry that on