It isn’t a thing.
The flag gapes
open to the widow. Up close, it absorbs
like full sun,
coarse as raw clapboards
only, it seems.
The widow bows. In the back row, it’s
Molly Brodak is the author of A Little Middle of the Night (University of Iowa Press, 2010) and three chapbooks of poetry: Instructions for a Painting (GreenTower Press, 2007), The Flood (Coconut Books, 2012) and Essay on Parts of Day (Horse Less Press, 2013)