At the Bookstore
In the narrow aisle between two long rows
of crammed bookshelves
I watch intently as you try to recall
the name of that small French children’s book
meant for adults. You look away,
lost in clouds that tumble with titles, none right,
but your eyes are alive and blue
as any rippling inland stream
and I memorize their movement
like clues telling me something
I will need one day
About the Poet:
Christine Vovakes lives in northern California. Her poems have appeared in San Pedro River Review, The Cape Rock, JAMA, California Quarterly, Boston Literary Magazine, Apple Valley Review, the Marin Poetry Center Anthology and more. The Washington Post, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle, among others, have printed her articles and photos.
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