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The Way

05.27.12 Posted in today's words by

Carol Smallwood co-edited (Molly Peacock, foreword) Women on Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets (McFarland 2012). Compartments: Poems on Nature, Femininity and Other Realms (Anaphora Literary Press 2011) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing (Key Publishing House 2012) is her most recent book. Her sixth anthology for the American Library Association, Bringing Arts into the Library, is forthcoming. Carol’s work has also appeared at journals including The Writer’s Chronicle and English Journal.

The Way
By Carol Smallwood

was a straight shot through a metal detector;
at the end, the windows read:

1. Marriage Divorce
2. Adoption Birth
3. Traffic Violations
4. Traffic Violations
5. Criminal

People were lined up for each;
there were no chairs or number tabs
like when buying license plates

Death did not have a window but we
wouldn’t be standing in line–would we?

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