A poem is a window with a cut out heart —
you can see the petunias your husband planted
through the scissored space. Your neighbour
walks to her car, and it frames her perfectly.
An eden of leaves, a glance through the lattice,
a glimmer of her fluorescent top.
Courtney Bates-Hardy is the author of House of Mystery (2016) and the chapbook Sea Foam (JackPine Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in PRISM International, Room, This Magazine and The Best Canadian Poetry 2021 (Biblioasis). She is queer and disabled, and currently working on her second collection of poetry. More: Twitter @PoetCourtney