space between us



space between us


what lies between us

            rooms    doors    streets    towns

an accustomed space


some words left laced

            with intimacy or tattered with regret

stretching backward and forward


small lake at midnight    we were young

            massive spillway at dawn   

tannic waters of Louisiana bayous


scrawny egret perched on a dried branch

            trees     their meager green casting

brittle shadows in brackish water


still as glass    a dam   a bridge

            we have been here before

we have come too often


our words remembering too much

            or not enough           

what we have said


the vows we made

            all the lovely meanings

a space we shared


now windless and without sound

            nothing moves in the still air

still a little silence spread out


so we may hear each other

            something     anything

moving between us



Cordelia M. Hanemann              


Cordelia Hanemann is currently a practicing writer and artist in Raleigh, NC. A retired professor of English at Campbell University, she has published in numerous journals including Atlanta Review, Connecticut River Review, Southwestern Review, and Laurel Review; anthologies, The Poet Magazine's new anthology, Friends and FriendshipHeron Clan and Kakalak and in her own chapbook, Through a Glass Darkly. Her poem, "photo-op" was a finalist in the Poems of Resistance competition at Sable Press and her poem "Cezanne's Apples" was nominated for a Pushcart. Recently the featured poet for Negative Capability Press and The Alexandria Quarterly, she is now working on a first novel, about her roots in Cajun Louisiana. 


  1. this one sneaks up on you. what a elegant work.

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