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Judith Frost

Honorable Mention 2009 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest $100

About this Christian Poet:
Judith Frost is a wife and mother of one teenage daughter, living in Montreal, Quebec. Along with writing poetry, Judith makes quilts and trains her five-month old Golden Doodle, Killarney. Her work has appeared in Penwood Review, Esprit, Prairie Messenger, and online at Utmost Christian Writers.

About this Poem:
This is for all the great poems that left us behind.

Midnight Stanza

She leans close to me—
whispers teasing words
in my ear
before she turns to place one foot
on the metal stair—
the porter close behind
silhouette in a train window
red mouth open in passionate message
pressed up close
enough to read soft meaning
in the moving of her lips
One finger spells out a beginning
then an epitaph
on the fogged
glass of a chill morning—
symbols that breathe patterns
in ecstatic swirls and melting silence—
composes a love letter I strain
in vain to read in the haze
of my racing heart
Lines blur as the train
moves down the tracks
The poem gathers speed and disappears
around a bend
leaves me on the platform
of my bed at 3 a.m.—
in my hand a dog-eared schedule

I search for something to write

Copyright ©2009 by Judith Frost