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SHJ Issue 13
Fall 2015

The Girl Who Wanted to Go Fast

by Karen Neuberg

...and the woman...
ah, the woman mostly notices
how fast the girl went:

She was a shy girl.

A patsy girl. A puddle from spot
shower waiting to be evaporated
and fall elsewhere. Or vaporize
into storm cloud.

A girl with chiaroscuro eyes.
Vector hands. A grabber. A gotcha.

Quicksilver even now, she quite
suddenly peeks out from the top
of time’s long tube.

Waves at the woman, then:
Slips between shadow and stone

as though awaiting

her turn to be noticed.


SHJ Issue 13
Fall 2015

Karen Neuberg’s

latest poetry chapbook is Myself Taking Stage (Finishing Line Press, 2014). She’s a multiple Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, holds an MFA from The New School, and is associate editor of the online journal, First Literary Review-East. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Fractal Literary Magazine, Marathon Literary Review, Tinderbox, and Zingara Poet, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

“...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