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Jazzy Sighs


Jazzy Sighs

Kushal Poddar (India)


The wraith of her husband

In his navy blue blazer,

All of the cloth sags;


To the music by Ella Fitzgerald

She sways in promenade position,

Unlocks memory’s ballroom dance lessons.


Night train crosses the bridge. Hail Emptiness.

She wets her finger on her tongue

And touches her forehead, breasts and

The space between the ribcage with its tip.


From my apartment window French

I see the navy blue blazer fall as she opens her hands.