Gone Missing

Kristen Scott


And, what is happiness,

if not a fleeting moment



flush of cheek

brush across mouth


what is it,

if not a moment

that one two-minute

dance that lasts  lifetimes


a strong whispered, “I love you baby,”

soft moans in the darkness of bed



when does it go missing?

making your whole- wide- world

as you know it change,

so swift as a twirling leaf

dwindling, sinking, to ground

once devoted to limb and bud,

blown off

by unexpected winds, blasts,  gale forces

the head spinning, snaps    back     stops.

                feet come downhill    touching ground

stranded   in    everyday


a minute


splitting seconds of time



Kristen Scott has her MA in Literature from National University in La Jolla, California and will graduate with her MFA in Creative Writing in fall 2011. She has published in several anthologies, newspapers, and online journals. She resides in Princeton, NJ.