I’m learning among rather than this between I’ve been living for so many years.

Somewhere in Manhattan

He lets time happen when he writes
the tree line of an aspen grove.
I study him, this man in derby clothes
who walks Manhattan
to kneel at Alexander’s grave beside
a prairie girl with no lantern.
She finds stories packed in sawdust
and wood chips saved in a whiskey keg
layered with apple jacks and chocolate pound cake.
He breathes what passes. Words
settle into years.


This poem was first published in Pirene’s Fountain earlier this year: Click here.

The watercolor of aspen trunks comes from Nadine Hergenrider, my forever friend since we were both six, wandering the Missouri River hills and cliffs together. Many thanks, Nadine, for allowing me to share your work.


About redmitten

author of Cracking Geodes Open, Making Good Use of August, and The Peppermint Bottle. poetry editor for IthacaLit. website:

8 responses to “among

  1. both took my breath away
    can i have it back please among between?

  2. Lovely poem, lovely pairing. I liked “The Present Perfect” over at Pirene’s, too!

  3. I love the use of the painting that shows the difference/sameness of among/between. An excellent poem, that highlights the colors as well. Nice!

  4. The words and image go beautifully together. And what a good idea to reprint your published work here, on your own blog. If the original site ever dies, you always have your own record online. Makes me think I should do this, too. Hmmm…..

    • redmitten

      karyn- oh i hope you do! it’s a shame to let a poem die on a shelf. sharing it here extends its life and also helps support the journal which first published it.

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