Diane Lee Moomey

Déjà Vu

She'd thought that she was coming home to you
again. Tires sliding into curves
evoked a former February—bird
swooped in a similar sky, hydrangea-blue

as last time. For just a breath or two,
a meager sun and vapor trail blurred
toward the west, now as then. A word
arose, as if her mind were leafing through

an older journal. Now another cloud
blows across the sun, truck down
shifts, vapor trail breaks, wind
sweeps: a gust of leaves, brief-limned

across the window. Almost there, she'd thought—
suddenly reminded that she's not.

Seven a.m.

Raku's the name I give these pots of tender
clay, fired and coated in a wash
of powdered glass and (amed again. With tongs,
I've pulled them out at orange heat and dropped

them into vats of grasses, sawdust, straw,
perhaps to shatter into glitter or
to crack with blackened webs like highway maps
across a glossy surface. Plates, and cups

that now hold tea and coffee—crackle lines
that trace their crazy route a little farther
'round the curve with every morning's pour
the way our faces crease and fold themselves

around our forks and spoons, the bagel crumbs
and butter, kisses, our bits of daily news.


Diane Lee Moomey has lived and wandered around the US and Canada, and now dips her gardener's hands in California dirt. A regular reader at San Francisco Bay Area poetry venues, Diane has published prose and poetry, most recently in Peacock Journal, The Road Not Taken, The Sand Hill Review, California Poetry Quarterly, Caesura and Red Wheelbarrow, and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, she won prizes and Honorable Mentions in the Sonnet (including the poems here) and Creative Non-Fiction categories of the Soul Making Keats Literary Contest. Her most recent poetry book, Nothing But Itself, will be available in February. To know more, please visit https://www.pw.org/content/diane_moomey


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