Harvard Sentence Sonnet

List 72: Sentence 9


She called his name many times

in the recycled air of her modern home

and clutched a small shirt he used to wear.

In the darkness of the night


when laying in bed, there is no need

for secrets, so she let her face break

the way glaciers calve into the sea,

heaving her body from side to side.


When her husband entered

with a glass of water, she shrugged him away,

knocking the glass to the floor and spilling

what love was left between them.


He had walked the length of the hall when he heard her shrill cry

once more, but couldn’t muster the courage to turn around.