A romance passed through them,
a small town twister that left
the smell of old water in pipes. Knee-deep
in quiet, they salvage what they can.
Coverless books, coffeemaker,
wristwatch. Noise from a couple
in the next apartment sweeps
around the emptying room like a rasp of wind.
| Lori Romero's
short screenplay, Strange
Saints, won the Manhattan Short Film Festival's Screenplay
Competition. Her chapbook, Wall
published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry and short
stories have been published in more than sixty journals and
anthologies, and she was just nominated for a second Pushcart Prize.