Where We Are
We didn’t meet at a dancehall called Nostalgia, though your dress suggests we could have.
We have never ridden horses
carrying torches in the night,
but, in a different century, we might have.
Here, everything is technology.
Here, we divide ones by zero.
Here, the word picket-fence is only used ironically.
Imagine the child we won’t have
floating on a deflatable plastic raft, safe
for now, bobbing up and down in a sine wave out to sea. This is where we are.
Okla Elliott is an assistant professor at Misericordia University. His work has appeared in Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, A Public Space, Subtropics, and elsewhere. His books include From the Crooked Timber (short fiction), The Cartographer’s Ink (poetry), and The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (a novel).