After the visit

Then they had left,
the front door slamming like
a rapidly deflating balloon.
The house looked to fall an inch or more.

Into the silence that fell with
the shroud of exhaust over its face,
her home dropped the creaks and pops
of its ancient joints and props;

as though taking her cue,
she shed her shoulders,
unlocked her knees,
gratefully embraced the floor.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020). She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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