Michelle Brittan Rosado – Childhood Bedroom Window, 1980s

Michelle Brittan Rosado

Childhood Bedroom Window, 1980s

in Daly City I look each night 
for the symmetrical arrangement 
of red lights in the distance 
that someone had told me 

was the Sutro Tower
in San Francisco, the first 
of several cities I would pine for 
from the outside. Some nights, 

the pinpoints disappear behind a layer 
of fog from the bay, and others 
they show so brightly 
like the forgotten pegs in my Lite Brite 

glowing at the end of the room, 
it is almost like I could lift the black 
construction paper
at the corner of the sky 

Author’s note: The poems in this series all use the image of a window as their starting point, some in the title itself and others more peripherally. I’ve been thinking of this symbol a lot lately — as a portal for wonder in childhood, an aperture to others’ lives during the pandemic, a view of the world outside after giving birth and spending those early days indoors. These poems may not have come into existence without the invitation to contribute to The Fresno 15, and I am endlessly grateful to the MFA program for my years there and the deep sense of community I’ve carried with me since graduating in 2011. Thank you for reading and for supporting the Larry Levis Memorial Scholarship. 

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