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Then a Saturday arrived, whitewashed
in the wake of the evening I first knew

what I knew must be love. I did the dishes,
watched angel hair strands of suds trail from plates

as I swung them from sink to rack to dry.
The kitchen oven’s digital clock, surprised

to see me doing fewer than two things at once,
duly froze in its tracks. The present brimmed.

Moments themselves drew close enough to touch
as I dove between the seconds of my tasks.

Somewhere, women were sitting on their knees
in the grass, patiently weaving nets.

There, in my bedroom I folded sunlit laundry,
smoothing wayward creases from pairs of pants.

Is this then all that was ever required?
Love like the piano strokes of an adagio,

each chore a dancer’s extended arm arching back.
That afternoon, the sleeves of my freshly dried

shirts were still warm as I returned them,
one at a time, to their drawers.

The 2015 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry

We are pleased to announce this poem as a Notable Mention for The 2015 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, honoring the independent press’ best poems of the year. The winners are selected by an external panel that judges all pieces blindly and selects the full list of 12 finalists from hundreds of entries. Alternating Current does not determine the final outcome for the judging; the external judges’ decisions are final. Notable Mentions receive publication on The Current and printed publication in the forthcoming literary journal, Poiesis Review #7.

KELLY JEAN EGAN lives in San Francisco and is currently pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She also studies Spanish, teaches poetry in translation to elementary school students, and generally obsesses about language. She likes to visit small towns. Her poetry has appeared in Eunoia Review, Spry, and In Stereo Press. You can find her at kellyjeanegan.com.

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