A man I know, witnessing a shootout

on September eleventh—

when the city air

was filled with death’s debris,

didn’t hear a sound

from the policeman’s gun. Silence

had descended on the streets like snow,

like the sound of the space

between apple and limb,

before descent.




Laura Foley is the author of four poetry collections including The Glass Tree, which won the Foreword Book of the Year Award, and Joy Street, which won the Bi-Writer’s Award. Her poems have appeared in journals and magazines including Valparaiso Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Inquiring Mind, Pulse Magazine, Weatherings, Poetry Nook, Lavender Review, The Mom Egg Review, and many others. www.laurafoley.net.