There is never betrayal
in the space between boxcars
where his face still tilts towards
the old life he left. The new life

has already scrawled itself in graffiti
pastels that end with an imperative
and steel-coupled air. She should live
in that swaying niche, call the stops

in a gospel cadence far above
his range. Fix him to the honest
undercarriage as all the beguiling
towns slide by.

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Sara Clancy is a Philadelphia transplant to the 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 the desert with her husband and daughter, their two dogs a cross-eyed cat and a 24 year old goldfish named Darryl.