THE WARTIME ISSUE
Bill Vander Clute
LESS THAN A MOMENT
She wants the world cold
but this is Texas
brown, hot blue.
She wants the men in suits
to have faces but
are the eyes of movie aliens.
The movies. What was the one they saw?
She can almost see it again, now.
And what was the air like that night?
What people did they pass? Strangers now
the only link to something so ephemeral
there is no shimmer, no wavering band of light.
This was not the way the world was supposed to look today.
She wants the infant
in the bath, the
smiles in the small room.
She wants a chance
to say things she
doesn’t want to say.
Bill Vander Clute received a Vermont Council on the Arts grant for fiction. He teaches English and drama and is active in local community theater.
Published in Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2006.