Bed of Roses Sonnet Contest

"Rhode Island"
(for my mother)
by Amy Miller


That summer in Misquamicut, when boys
as ripe as roadside corn shot pool in darkened
18-over bars, I found the joy
they buried deep in denim straight-front pockets-

pipe screens, joints, and all the damp and salty
wounded want my navigating hands
could plunder. Home and sunburned, bedroom walls
my gulag-no diary, no dolls-digging sand

and ashes from the trenches of my shoes,
I heard her laughing-late, in bed with Dad,
no malice in her voice, in love-a girl whose
moody boy came home for her with mad

martinis, seven jokes to sleep on, sleep
itself a garland he laid at her feet.


About the Author
Amy Miller is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. She works as a trivia-book editor in beautiful Ashland, Oregon, where she wrote "Rhode Island" — in a bit of sonnet serendipity — after hearing a GK prompt on The Writer's Almanac: "Write a sonnet for your mother." Her two poetry chapbooks are The Stablehand's Report and The Mechanics of the Rescue. More at www.SaturdayPoets.org/about.htm



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