Coming at Night to a Country Inn

By Penny Perry


Longing for sleep.
Cottage at the mouth
of the river.

Wet stepping stones.
at the door.

Innkeeper’s gone fishing.
Tree frog
on the welcome mat.

Mist from river and sea.
Branches on the highway.
The next town far.

On the sandy shore
a fishing pole.

on a red wool cap.


Penny Perry is a five time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her first poetry collection, Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage, was published in 2012 by Garden Oak Press. Her new collection, Father Seahorse, will be published by Garden Oak Press in 2017. She also writes as Kate Harding.

Photo credit: Foomio via a Creative Commons license.

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