beaded trout

Long Distance

Jennifer Rouch

Beside me black plastic
Wires, resistors, and voices.
My children's, telling me
They miss me,
But they want to stay
With the man that hurt me for years
And hurt them.
Only now, to hurt me worse,
He's playing nice
And with innocence
And piping voices
They believe him.
Black plastic.
Please stop talking to me
In my children's voices
Please stop telling me
That he's changed.
I know what he is
I know what he will do
As soon as there's no one to impress
And black plastic,
You will cry again with my children's voices
And there will be little I can do
To save them.

Jennifer Roush


contents of issue 6

Long Distance
Jennifer Roush

Easy . . . Girl . . . .
Anne Apfel

When It Happened
Cassandra Dallett

There Must Be Songs For This
Qwo_Li Driskill


Jennifer Roush Biography

Jennifer Roush writes both poetry and fiction in order to connect with people. She participates in several online writing groups which focus on learning and teaching writing as a craft. Offline, she revels in the Colorado Rockies with her zany family.


Permission to publish poems in this one context was granted by the authors, who unless otherwise specified, hold copyright on these works.