I’m Writing A Poem About The Night
its light cast a frightening blue over
fine print never proofread, a contract
up for renewal. Language long dead
revived by a crescent moon: You fled
a prison of promises set in a blemish
on a precious stone. Vows tying you
down, until now. I’m debating how
to capture the moment you left home,
a question as much for me as for you,
alone: if I personify your eyes seeking
asylum in a sapphire sky, would it do
for a try at describing when I knew
you were mine? Or is there no way
to convey when you crossed the line?
Erik Roth received a B.A. in English from Colgate University and a M.Ed. from Rutgers. He currently lives in northern New Jersey with his two children. A former recipient of a poetry writing scholarship from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, his work has most recently appeared in spring 2023’s Issue 60 of the Journal of New Jersey Poets and summer 2023’s Issue 54.2 of Modern Haiku.