Dream Quest One Second Poetry Prize
Winner - Winter 2014 -2015
talk about it.
It's her birthday.
A wind pushes her when she opens the door,
a spider skittles across the threshold
out and down
Perhaps she should follow it.
But, sweetness has returned.
Flowers and wine.
gift from her child,
Hugs and kisses.
Lingerie, his birthday gift,
wrong style, the wrong color.
Model it anyway.
Act like you like it.
her lips together
when his fingers dig into her arms.
The child makes nightmare noises.
He grasps her wrist, holds her down.
She waits for his regular breathing
slips out to the child’s room,
hold her in
a warm cuddle,
wipes tears from chubby cheeks
with a thumb.
she’ll follow that spider
and get away.
the poet: Candace Armstrong’s poem, “Shadow of the Crow” won Second Place in the Formal Verse
category of Illinois State Poetry Society’s 2014 Competition. Previously, her short stories have been published in
Muse and Diverse Voices Quarterly, and her poems have been published in the Lyric, Negative Suck and Muse as well as on
the ISPS website. She currently makes her home in the beautiful woodlands of Southern Illinois.