Tap of bone on glass --
a clue, some chill intelligence.
Morning unfolds a series of warnings:
truncated telephone rings,
the cello's long vibration.
When the call comes that he is gone
you see the links
in the day's secret systems.
You begin to make preparations
some kind of plan for the future
as if the thing could be put right;
as if the walls of your house
had not just burst open.
Erica Goss is the author of Wild Place, a chapbook of poetry published in late 2011 by Finishing Line Press. Her poems and reviews appear in many journals. She was nominated in 2010 for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. Goss was also recently named the winner of the 2011 Many Mountains Moving poetry contest.