Michelle Brittan Rosado – Picture Window at the Beginning of Shutdown, March 2020

Michelle Brittan Rosado

Picture Window at the Beginning of Shutdown, March 2020

the three-year-old follows 
with his eyes the garbage 
trucks traveling left to right

hauling the last of our moving 
boxes and the mail carrier’s white 
van idling across the street

and the construction 
crew on schedule to peel back 
the street down to its striations 

of rock and concrete and pour new 
asphalt back over like a chalkboard 
wiped clean of words 

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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