Alison Prine's debut collection of poems, Steel, won the Cider Press Review Book Award and was released in January 2016. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Green Mountains Review, Hunger Mountain, and Prairie Schooner among others. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she works as a psychotherapist.
Don’t trust yellow —
flurry of gold finches
flapping into the sunflowers,
sun glinting off the windshields,
burning spots into our corneas.
Shade your eyes.
Trust the indigo of dusk
will not dissolve in the rain
when all the brighter flames
The night sky just before dark has always spoken to me of unapologetic longing. I find the hue of a day's last luminance satisfies me in much the same way that poems do.