except perhaps a fear to stop

perhaps named after a ghost

or an ancestor perhaps named for

God's grace and forgiveness

perhaps she doesn't believe

in her own mortality

until she

slows to

a stop



Michael A. Griffith


Michael A. Griffith teaches at Raritan Valley and Mercer County Community Colleges in central NJ. He is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, Bloodline; Exposed; and New Paths to Eden. Two of these, Bloodline and Exposed, are available in eBook format from Soma Publishing. Mike facilitates a monthly poetry workshop for the Princeton Public Library and is a board member of the Delaware Valley Poets/US 1 Poets. Recent work appears in Ariel Chart, Haiku Journal, Kelsey Review, North of Oxford, Page & Spine, and the anthology book Floored


  1. one of the best terse poems i have read. happy to have found it.

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