Under the Streetlight in the Rain

Disinterestedly she works the
Lotion over her hands, dry as old
Loins, then places the knuckles of her
Right hand under her chin and rests from
Her inactivity.  She stares out
The window at disappearing paths
Scribed on the wet pavement under the
The streetlight by wheels rolling beyond
Her reach; yet it no longer saddens
Her to imagine all she has missed
Or is missing. They all will arrive
At the same place, she reasons, all in
Due time, she knows. And again she rubs
Her white knuckles red and rises
Slowly to walk alone toward her bed.




About the Poet, Ned Randle: My poems have appeared in a number of literary publications such as The Spoon River Quarterly, Poydras Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, The New Poet, Hamilton Stone Review and Four Ties Literary Review. Running at Night-Collected Poems was released April 1, 2013 by Coffeetown Press. My chapbook, Prairie Shoutings and Other Poems, was published by The Spoon River Poetry Press, Bradley University. 

My debut novel Baxter's Friends was released June 1, 2013 by Coffeetown Press, Seattle. My recent short story "Clyde" will appear in the Jan. 2016 edition of Soundings Review-Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. "Wild Bill" appeared in Red Earth Review, Summer 2014. Another,"The Boston Tar Baby" appeared in Prism Review Spring 2013.