local_library Night Muse

by Linda McCauley Freeman

Published in Issue No. 295 ~ December, 2021

Not moon enough

to walk the woods,


I contain myself on the porch,

watch my cigarette burn.


This small light consoles me.

Inside the house,


canned laughter on the TV,

my husband splayed on the couch.


If only I could splice such

hearty chuckles into my life,


edited into one continuous loop.

Could I stand such happiness?


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BIO: Linda McCauley Freeman has been widely published in international literary journals and anthologies, including a Chinese translation of her work. Two of her earliest publishing credits are with Pif Magazine! Most recently she appeared in Poet Magazine, Amsterdam Quarterly, won Grand Prize in StoriArts poetry contest honoring Maya Angelou, and was selected by the Arts MidHudson for their Poets Respond to Art 2020 and 2021 shows. She was a three-time winner in the Talespinners Short Story contest judged by Michael Korda. She has an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College and is the former poet-in-residence of the Putnam Arts Council. She lives in the Hudson Valley, NY. You can follow her at www.Facebook.com/LindaMcCauleyFreeman