Maybe You Should Know
When an old lover—your first, in fact—
writes you from another continent to tell
you he’s getting married and that
(and here you imagine a pause
in his typing as he takes a long sip of coffee) he wanted you to know,
maybe you should know—
you open the windows
and stare at the fog which took its time spreading
over your morning. You spread plum preserves
on toast and listen to the scratch of your knife.
You consider what this news means,
how it matters and doesn’t, how things would be simpler
if doors were more like windows, if the past
weren’t so well preserved in a tiny glass jar.
Kendall Pakula is a poet and copy writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of Coastal Carolina University, Pakula has recently been published in Blue Lyra Review.