It’s my best thing. I offer coffee
and strands of broken light

untangled from the mare’s nest
of whatever the hell is wrong

with you and why am I just
learning about this now?

I agree with the guiding principle
only if it smooths the afternoon

into a shape I can carry.
If you peek under the wire

you will find me married
to my rubber nose.

As I said, I suffer
and I’ve been wrong before.

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Sara Clancy is a Philadelphia transplant to the desert Southwest.  Her chapbook Ghost Logic won the 2017 Turtle Island Quarterly Editors Choice Award and she is an Associate Editor for Poetry at Good Works Review. Among other places, her poems have appeared in Off the Coast, The Linnet's Wings, Crab Creek Review, The Madison Review, and Verse Wisconsin. She lives in Arizona with her husband and daughter, their two dogs a cross-eyed cat and a 24 year old goldfish named Darryl.