I know you, he says, and he’s wrong.
Somewhere inside her there is a forest
and in the forest there is a meadow
and in the meadow there is a cottage
and in the cottage she’s peeling potatoes
and boiling water for soup.
Confident of her whereabouts in a way
only a man can be confident,
he’s two towns over at the abandoned church
pounding on the door.
Copyright © Jaclyn Desforges. Originally published in Cathexis Northwest Press (2018).
Jaclyn Desforges is a Pushcart-nominated writer, editor and workshop facilitator whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, Contemporary Verse 2, Minola Review and others. She’s also the co-founder of Citadel, which offers immersive resources and experiences for writers, artists and arts connoisseurs. Her first poetry chapbook, Hello Nice Man, was published by Anstruther Press in early 2019. Her first picture book, tentatively titled Why Are You So Quiet?, will be published by Annick Press and released in 2020. She’s the winner of the 2018 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award for her short story “The Gall,” and is currently completing her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario.