Narrated by Ann Thornfield-Long
Rain drums the windowpane; August sky, a long-term gray. We’ve looked forward to the promise of the Perseids. We settle into our own perigee—content with our trajectory in this cleft of earth— packed with all we bring: wind, wine, magic of our stars. The deluge stops at midnight, we stretch onto the glossy street beneath, entangled mercury vapor lights costuming our shadows like circus people with rhomboid, Gumby legs boogieing down Mars Boulevard. Our bizarre gloomy twins vanish in the ghostly radiance of a green fireball riding the clearing rim of Southern sky, bristling the hair on Pluto’s back. Sparks of meteors pass through the Milky Way, our electron hearts in icy space warm to red.
BIO: Ann Thornfield-Long, a co-author of Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage, (edited by Crawford and Smiley, 2013), has published poetry in Silver Blade, The Tennessee Magazine, Wordgathering, and other publications. She won the Patricia Boatner Fiction Award (Tennessee Mountain Writers, 2017) for her novel excerpt “The Crying Room.” She was also awarded a Weymouth residency in 2017. She was editor/publisher of her hometown weekly newspaper for six years and is a retired nurse and medical first responder. She is a student of American Sign Language.