Sea Change

Richard Luftig


Woodpile enduring first frost.
Icicles not yet set to hardness,
perhaps trying to figure
which way this December 

will blow. Around the eaves,
past nests of swallows remind
her of what might have been—
this barn broken, splintered

nailed here and there
with abandoned planks
of sea-ships taken apart
like a sailor’s dream.



Richard Luftig is a former professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio now residing in California. He is a recipient of the Cincinnati Post-Corbett Foundation Award for Literature and a semi-finalist for the Emily Dickinson Society Award. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and internationally in Japan, Canada, Australia, Europe, Thailand, Hong Kong and India. 

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