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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. www.rodericktownley.com and www.facebook.com/RoderickTownley

The Silk Dress by Roderick Townley

You have been going downRT in restaurant

dawdling when suddenly she

sweeps up the staircase,

 

loose hair streaming, her dress

an avalanche of lost

messages. Turn

 

on your heel. After her.

In a moment reverse

a lifetime of error.

~ 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. www.rodericktownley.com and www.facebook.com/RoderickTownley

2. To the Stars Through Difficulty: Roderick Townley

And now–there–to the right–the red slash
of a cardinal’s wing, a momentary artery
of flight, flung lifeline from pine

to fencepost, sky to pulsing wrist. Who says
it’s difficult to get the news? Yes,

the cold has spikes, and frozen furrows
of last year’s cornfields stumble
to a blind horizon. But look up:

Big plans unroll on high, black twigs
written on a bright blue sky.

       –Roderick Townley

136. The Deserted Farm

Who leaned the broken mirror

against the barn

knew more than he let on

about the mis-

behavior of moonlight.

Years now since men

left the fields to the luck of foxes,

and left the locks

to rust on unhinged doors.

Still, this last artifice,

this final point of order,

the glass tilted

to survey a weather vane,

the tops of sycamores,

and doubled heaven hung

with chandeliers.

– Roderick Townley

Although known primarily as a children’s author (The Great Good Thing, The Door in the Forest, The Blue Shoe, and others), Roderick has published criticism, nonfiction, and two volumes of poetry, Three Musicians (NY: The Smith) and Final Approach (VT: The Countryman Press).

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