Color of a Roadhouse Porch

Brown closing over the roadhouse, the wild
of the fog-collapse on the lake

Tamarack trees dust rust across the Huron

A blackbird caws
like a mystic & the low gray beat of rain
on an oil drum from the Chevrolet plant
shuttered just downriver

Yellow Corn Moon this far north
deepens like a star to orange

Painted white splintered screen door, iron
green sign for the state correctional
off the interstate in the distance

The colors of the strangers’ stories—his
burnt umber field—her midnight blue

My half glass of warm gold whiskey

Michigan I return to you

Yellow moon, yellow moon
on me slanting
in the raked-slat back
of a mountain chair

Red-eyed cicadas by the billions
buzzing wild—

“Sunset Coucher de soleil – Cap Ferret Bassin d’Arcachon Ocean Pecheur Fisherman Beach Plage Waves Vagues Water Eau Boat Bateau Oiseau Birds bleu orange Claouey Aquitaine Gironde Bordeaux Voile – Picture Image Photography” by

Bonnie Jill Emanuel

Bonnie Jill Emanuel holds an MFA from The City College of New York, where she received the 2020 Jerome Lowell DeJur Award in Creative Writing and the 2017 Stark Poetry Prize in Memory of Raymond Patterson. Her poems appear in SWWIM, American Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Midwest Review, Love’s Executive Order, Chiron Review, and other fine journals. Born in Detroit, she now lives and writes in New York. She is at work on her first full-length collection of poems.