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At the Window - David W. Berner

At the window

as pelts from the frozen rain

assault the pane

Across the hill

I see the man in a hooded coat

surely wishing he could float

along the path

with the icy wind behind

praying he will find

what he’d lost

somewhere at the start

when he’d broken his heart

when all seemed possible

and yet it never was

and he knows because

from where he walks

he sees me, too,

murky in the glass, so true

that every time

when the rain comes

both of us search for crumbs

of something akin to wonder

so the storm can’t hold us down

or throw us to the ground

At the window

watching the man in the rain

certainly, you know him.


David W. Berner is the author of several books of personal narrative and fiction. He has been honored as the writer-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac Project and the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home.

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