Rebecca A. Spears, a poet and essayist, is the author of The Bright Obvious. Other poems and essays are included in TriQuarterly, Crazyhorse, Calyx, Verse Daily, Narrative, Ars Medica, Birmingham Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Relief, Borderlands, Texas Review, and other journals and anthologies. She has been a board member of Mutabilis Press since 2009. Currently, she teaches Life Skills to high school students. She has received awards from the Taos Writers Workshop, Vermont Studio Center, and The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow; she has been a finalist for the Iowa Review Poetry Award and has received a Pushcart nomination.
At the terminal, the plane delivers you
and me. Daylight travels down
the walkways and sits on the stairs.
The baggage carousels three times around
before our luggage appears. My black bag
turns gray in the strong light at noon while
the former congresswoman sits bronzed
and still at the main gate, back-lit.
How old was she when she passed on?
We are all older each time the light passes
through here and over our heads. The sun
at its apex begins its descent, making
our shadows cast variously, inconsistently,
throughout the afternoon until the lesser light
passes us into dreams.
Sometimes these are sweet and we remember
as morning through a bank of windows
reaches and raises us again.
Relief Journal (2014)