AT NATURAL BRIDGES STATE BEACH — M.S. Rooney

in California, I am told
there were once three bridges
of sea-hollowed sandstone.
Only one remains now,
and it will erode
before long.

At breakfast, I read how
Dame Edith Sitwell
and Marilyn Monroe
read poetry aloud to each other.
In a black and white photo
they sit facing each other
from opposite ends of a sofa
patterned in loops and swirls,
eyes engaged as if they are
both leading and following,
circling and bridging
built perimeters.

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M.S. Rooney lives in Sonoma, California with her husband, poet Dan Noreen. Her work appears in journals, including Blinders, Bluestem, The Cortland Review, Earth’s Daughters, Main Street Rag, Theodate, and 3:AM Magazine, and anthologies, including American Society: What Poets See, edited by David Chorlton and Robert S. King, and Journey to Crone, edited by S. Philip.