Five Years In

by STEPHANIE BROOKS


You don’t realize how greyed
the shutters become over time,
or the split in the wood
supporting the stairs. A door’s creak

becomes second nature
along with the backwards
turning of the tarnished
handle. Light bulbs bright

and blazing are forgotten
until you notice other houses:
polished, brilliant in fresh paint
sitting on high hills with grass
green, even in winter.


About the Author

Stephanie Brooks graduated Georgia State University in 2017 with a BA in Creative Writing, a concentration in Poetry, and a minor in Music. She has been published in Underground, Every Pigeon, Riggwelter, Noble Gas Quarterly and Z Publishing’s anthology Georgia’s Best Emerging Poets 2017. She currently lives in Atlanta where she surrounds herself with books, guitars, and tarot decks.

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