It Lives in the Basement – by Linda Kleinbub

 

Loneliness crept up the stairs
stood in a corner
observed the situation
searched for the easiest to infiltrate
curled around her unknown
smoke unseen
loneliness holds her tight
she thinks its warmth is comforting
quickly she is left abandoned,
alone, trying to make snow angels
at midnight.

 

 

 

Linda Kleinbub is a volunteer at Girls Write Now,  a writing organisation that works with at-risk high school girls.  Her work has appeared in The New York Observer, The Brooklyn Rail, Yahoo! Beauty, Grabbing the Apple: An Anthology of New York Woman Poets, and The Best American Poetry Blog. She is a painter and organic gardener.