Apartment K

He used a fire escape to walk out of your life. 

 

Back inside, the floors are polished,

the heartbreak is clean. 

 

You sit with a glass of whiskey

and the iron ringing. 

 

At least you’re alive, you think.

At least that clang in your breast.

 

There is something simple about it —

something like a bird

 

in the skeleton of a tree. 

Published online May 14 2014.

Katherine Leyton’s poetry and non-fiction have been published in The Malahat Review, Hazlitt, Bitch, The Globe and Mail and Room, among others. She is also the founder of HowPedestrian.ca, a poetry project for the YouTube crowd.


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This piece was published in ‘Poetry Only,’ the Spring 2014 issue of CV2.

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