We hung it in the closet
with the coat we doubted
we would wear again,

the costly one out of vogue,
its wooly grayness

its style disappearing
with the Cuban Missile Crisis,
the Aids Epidemic,

9/11 and the Wars in Iraq,
Ebola and Swine and Zika
and yes, we hoped, #Me Too,

and most of the time
we forgot it was there,
even when we

threw it around
our shoulders to dash out
for the daily mail.


Lois Marie Harrod’s collection Woman is forthcoming from Blue Lyra in December 2019. Her Nightmares of the Minor Poet appeared in June 2016 from Five Oaks; her chapbook And She Took the Heart appeared in January 2016; Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. A Dodge poet, she is published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches at the Evergreen Forum in Princeton and at The College of New Jersey. Links to her online work www.loismarieharrod.org