Tobi Cogswell lives in Southern California. Her work can be read most recently in SPOT Lit(erary) Mag(azine), Penumbra, Bellowing Ark, Newport Review, Essence (UK) and Seven CirclePress and is forthcoming in Forge Journal and Northridge Review. She has three chapbooks Sanity Among the Wildflowers, Hostage Negotiation in Negative-Land and most recently, Carpeting the Stones (2008).
5 PM Flight
He takes off his ring
leaves it tarnished & accusing
near the coffeepot,
where she will see
among the detritus of his
old, gold icon
She wears black as a color and pink leotards,
smoothes SPF 30 on her curious face,
turns up the radio,
pours some juice,
avoids the counter,
orders bowling shoes
through a catalog
and wonders what she has to offer.
She tries on eye shadow and high heels,
wonders how it would feel to be free
She takes a drink
tends her garden
contemplates the 5pm flight to Paris
carries on in spite of his spite
and creates herself a lovely day.