Joan Leotta


The Widow’s Nights

“Days are not so bad.
My volunteer work.
Lunch with friends.
All of these fill the daytime hours.
But it is the nights—
they are so long, so very long.”
I don’t know how to respond.

We smile at each other in
a moment of silence.
Then, she adds, “If you have
any alterations you need done,
bring them over. I don’t sew
regularly now, just for friends.”
We part.

When I get home, I search my
closet for undone hems,
missing buttons…
anything in need of long
stitching to shorten a widow’s nights.

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is a writer and story performer. Her poems have appeared in journals in US, Ireland, GB, Germany, and more. Her first collection, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon, came out last year from Finishing Line Press.


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