Weekly Poem: ‘Observation’

BY Tom LeGro  August 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM EDT

By Jenn Koiter

       despite your usual preference
              for things you can’t quite see—
       mist over mountains
reflections of the countryside
       in the opposite
              window of the train
       grand old houses
almost hidden
       by a thick cross-hatch of leaves—
              the glare
       of the sun on the lake
bothered you
       for once
              you wanted to see
       what was behind it, you wanted
       instead of things suggesting
              something else.

Jenn Koiter’s work has appeared in several literary journals. She teaches English at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs.