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Image by Ashling McKeever
We’ve Got a Runner
She night slips from the convent, loose
into darkness, blind but knowing beyond
the cloister of pines, Father Free
waits. The getaway Rambler idles
with his dead grandmother’s
accordion in the backseat, folded up
into moon slivers of a black and white affair.
The belfry betrays her when they hit
the road to ruin. Her Sisters breathe hot
rings of lust on their cold and frosted
windows where they watch, consider
a jump from the third story but instead,
burst open with midnight envy.
David-Matthew Barnes is the award-winning author of several novels and collections of stage plays, monologues, scenes, and poetry. His poetry has been featured in The Comstock Review, The Literary Nest, The Magnolia Review, Memoryhouse, Sonic Boom, The Southeast Review, and more. He was selected by Kent State University as the national winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award. He has been an arts educator for more than a decade. For more information, visit davidmatthewbarnes.com.