A noise had stopped—the outside
noise of a car engine or far-off train
or the inside noise of my husband
snoring. I wanted to tell my children
and/or my little brother and sister
I had seen it: the last episode.
In the emptiness I performed
a small ritual: a dropkick motion
like scoring a goal or knocking over
a crane that held a wrecking ball.
A whole building was coming down
into the hole that remained.
Kathleen Kirk is the poetry editor for Escape Into Life. Her work appears in many print and online journals, including Nimrod, One, Poetry East, Redheaded Stepchild, and Waccamaw. She is the author of six poetry chapbooks, most recently, ABCs of Women’s Work (Red Bird, 2015), with another forthcoming in 2018.