Lilia Dobos

Walking the Pulitzers (Mary Chind, 2010)

Blanketed under the same white
dam foam. He said it wasn’t a problem, that we could

avoid it. In this blunder, a breath
couldn’t be enough for the rough wavebreak,

the heavy bag I became against the river’s force.
It was the orange I held onto, above

my head, waiting. Thinking that this is
the color I will die remembering, the cold

imprinted on my skin. Forgetting
the warnings, and we shouldn’t go that way, and what

should we eat for dinner? A voice seeps
through the breaking, reaching. A grasp

and a breath I couldn’t take
amidst all the rumbling.

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Lilia Dobos is a current Graduate Teaching Assistant studying TESOL at Salisbury University. Her other publications include Barely South Review, New Mexico Review, The Quaker and forthcoming work in Red Flag Poetry.