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Knute Skinner lives in County Clare. His collection The Other Shoe won the 2004-2005 Pavement Saw Chapbook Award. His most recent book, Fifty Years: Poems 1957-2007, from Salmon Poetry, contains new work collected along with work taken from 13 previous books. A memoir, Help Me to a Getaway, was published by Salmon in March 2010.
How It Ended
Clearing the table, she avoided his eyes.
She moved as quickly as she could
but tried not to look impatient.
“You know I have to see him,” she said.
“You know it’s part of my job.”
He didn’t speak, but she felt
his eyes upon her.
“Don’t touch the dishes,” she said.
“I’ll do them later.”
She had at least managed a meal,
such as it was.
“Well then, I’m off now,” she said
as she wiped her hands on a towel.
“I’ll be home as soon as I can,” she added,
moving to kiss his cheek but then
thinking better of it.
In the hallway she looked in the mirror,
then fussed with her hair,
then opened her purse.
He hadn’t spoken since she told him,
but she said to herself that perhaps
it was just as well.
Then after she found her lipstick,
she saw his face in the mirror,
just a foot or two behind her.
©2012 Knute Skinner
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