Mark Fitzgerald


For all its stark geometry the blinds
suppress a tenderness. The stairs are where
you put them, but less than what was climbed.
Refuge rescued from remorse, these walls tore
down trees, the majesty of natural
canopy, the blue jay’s perch. It will take
time to bring the outside in, unravel
the carpets, brighten walls, finish the deck.
Time to avoid the neighbors. And why not
a pergola above the front entrance?
A roof garden over the garage? What
do you surmise? A fence? Why, yes, a fence
replete with recrimination, a gate
before beds of black-eyed Susans, your gaze.



Mark Fitzgerald is the author of Distracting the Rain, a collection of poems. His work has appeared in Crab Creek Review, Squaw Review, Poetry Midwest, and Parting Gifts. He earned his MFA from George Mason University and has studied in Strasbourg, France and Oxford, England. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia and teaches writing at Strayer University.

Published in Volume 8, Number 4, Fall 2007.