She falls on her knees to help him
smash the lid of his suitcase shut.
He pulls the tongue back, tightening
the covering with each tooth
clenched. The motion makes a noise
like the turning of an empty stomach
as if this is the first time they’ve talked
about this moment, a whisper
gasping between them. Before the zipping
completes, a sleeve spills out and she stays
his hand with her hand. He nods,
defeated. Their fingers work the sleeve back in
to zip. His bag rolls behind him and her eyes
have bags holding the luggage he has left.
GREG LYONS, an MFA graduate from University of Alaska Fairbanks, is currently teaching English at his local community college, and looking for publishers for his manuscripts Winter’s Cricket and Pieces. He keeps a blog at www.woodrowlyons.blogspot.com, and believes “We are riding a bicycle and putting it together at the same time”.