This was not in the dream,

a marriage in arrears–


the playset dismantled,

her garage space empty;


wasps beaten to dust

against a brightened pane.


Dry husks sucked by light

an old wind blew in.


And her boots leaning against

a green garbage bag,


waiting patiently

for their turn to walk out.




D.G. Geis divides his time between Houston and the Hill Country of Central Texas. He has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and a graduate degree in Philosophy from California State University. His poetry has appeared in 491 Magazine, Lost Coast, Blue Bonnet ReviewThe Broadkill Review, and will be featured in a forthcoming Tupelo Press chapbook anthologizing nine new poets.