Literary Hook: Poem: ‘Out of Area’ by Linda Melville

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

Out of Area

By Linda Melville

My bubble dissolves

as I flow toward the surface

to ride the current of a new day

seeking equilibrium

in reality

you are not there at all.

Out of Area

the phone said

and so you are.

I begin my day a little mournfully

afloat for now

but without my life preserver.

I hang on to the moment when

clambering my way out of the murky gel of night

I paused

remembering you substantial beside me

bundled in quilts, content in comforter

burrowing, breathing

resisting morning’s call

as you have done for ten thousand dawns.

Linda Melville grew up on the southwest side of Chicago and came to Rockford to student teach at Carlson Elementary, where she taught for the next 39 years. Writing has always been an important part of her personal and professional life, whether practicing the craft herself or sharing her passion with her students.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.

Posted Feb. 12, 2014

You might also like

Enjoy The Rock River Times? Help spread the word!