Many, many thanks to Judy Jensen, the guest judge, whose feedback and attention truly changed my poem for the better. And, of course, my sincerest gratitude to Joe Ahearn, my fabulous mentor, without whom I would not have gotten this poem published! Also, thanks to Carolyn for a studious peer review :]
Edit: It's awful that it took so long for me to realize that I should've reproduced the poem for you all to read. Here it is--enjoy!
Longer, Longing, and Longer Longing
The longer I wait, the longer she stays away, the longer we drink, the longer we sleep in drowning. The longer we hold silence, the longer I kiss other woman, the longer she sits in chairs without rockers rocking. The longer the wait we wait, the further we drift into breaking seams of longing.