The Picture In Anna’s Basement

In Anna’s basement
there is a picture of a woman
sitting on a bridge,
the stones watermarked
by the rise and fall of time.

Anna lifts her right hand,
tiny fingers unfolding five
questions kept secret like soft
wrapped caramels
warming in her pocket.

She counts rooftops,
full of splintered
shingles. touching
the glass and
writing her name in dust.

The large A is a tower
that protects the n’s,
rolling hills that swell
beside the cathedral door.

Anna draws the final
a,  and as it curls on
the steps of the church
like a kitten,

she blows a kiss and
sets the picture free.

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