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  May 2005
volume 3 number 2
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  Tom Berman
  Cristogianni Borsella
  Dana Campbell
  Tobi Cogswell
  Peggy Dobreer
  Francisco Dominguez
  Marvin Dorsey
  Melissa Fischer
  Steve Goldman
  Melanie Gonzalez
  Wendy Grosskopf
  Debashish Haar
  Matt Harris
  Paula Sfier Kattan
  Marie Lecrivain
  Laura A. Lionello
  Harold Lorin
  Christopher Mulrooney
  Dave Nordling
  Aire Celeste Norell
  Angel Perales
  Catherine Rajca
  Cat Risinger
  Ariel Robello
  Kate Soto
  Clee Villasor
 
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Tobi Cogswell
May 2005
   

 

bio


    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


sometimes


to hurt,


leaves it tarnished & accusing


near the coffeepot,


where she will see


among the detritus of his


uncaring cohabitation


papers


negatives


toothpicks


socks


sunflower seeds


old, gold icon


the umbilicus.





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


unencumbered


emancipated.


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.


copyright 2005 Tobi Cogswell