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SHJ Issue 8
Fall 2013

[Two Poems]

by Anna DiMartino

The Trouble with Night

is not the darkness,
nor the shadows on the walls,
not the stillness,
nor the wind stirring the leaves,
not the silence,
nor the creaking of the house;
it’s the light,
the neon numbers on the clock,
the minutes, hours passing,
the restless worries flashing in my head,
the empty space beside me in my bed.


At 5am

the decision is
whether to make love
or coffee.
I set my knitting down
step lightly through 
the living room
to the bedroom
and standing at the bed
let my robe fall to the floor.
The cotton sheets are cool
but you are warm.
You pull me close
wrap me 
in your body.
You press your cheek
against mine.
I feel your breath
on my neck.
At 5am
the decision 
is easy.



SHJ Issue 8
Fall 2013

Anna DiMartino

is a writer, artist, educator, and mother of two wonderfully creative daughters. She holds a BA in Studio Art from UC Santa Cruz, and is currently pursuing an MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Anna also works as the Director of a small non-profit preschool in Mission Hills. Her writing has appeared in The Cancer Poetry Project 2, and A Year in Ink (Volume 6 of the San Diego Writer, Ink Anthology).

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury