The Spy by Roderick Townley

Outside looking in, the sun

in decline behind me,

I spy on my wife.


She sits at the table.

Her body bends

over a page.


She does not see

the shiver of gold

in her chestnut hair


or suspect the stare

of my reflected eyes. See me,

I silently command.


She does not turn.

The window’s crosses rise

in the cooling air.


See me, I whisper

to the phantom

in the empty chair.

~ Roderick Townley

Author of fifteen books and two children, Roderick Townley is known for his novels for young readers, including The Great Good Thing and The Door in the Forest. He has published two volumes of poetry and won many honors, the greatest of which is his marriage to poet Wyatt Townley. and

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