Household Fires

We weren’t promised a summer
but expected one anyway.
This certain weakness of ours

was nearly imperceptible.
The bridge when it fails
fails gently. The pain I feel

is something I feel. The sick
glow of the streetlight
through the blinds. The weekend

refuses. When there’s a warning,
nothing happens.
Trapped inside these walls,

smoke gathers at the ceiling.
This didn’t turn into a love story,

but we don’t have regrets.

Gina Myers is the author of A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009) and several chapbooks, including False Spring (new from Spooky Girlfriend, 2012). She lives in Atlanta, GA where she makes books for Lame House Press.