Captivity - M.J. Iuppa

Waking to the gauze-gray gloom of dawn’s dissatisfaction, I exhale  ̶
once, for my worn-out sleep that refuses to leave me; twice, for
my numb feet, notwithstanding the labor of walking all night, with-

out finding a flat rock to rest upon. Most people go to bed the same way
they go to work. Their hearts labor without complaint; yet, their bodies
strain, day after day. Their sorrow isn’t as visible as this morning sky is

my boulder. Lying here, I wonder if I will be able to lift my body to the
next full moon that floats all night in the upstairs window.

M.J. Iuppa is the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program and Lecturer in Creative Writing at St. John Fisher College; and since 2000 to present, is a part-time lecturer in Creative Writing at The College at Brockport. Since 1986, she has been a teaching artist, working with students, K-12, in Rochester, NY, and surrounding area. Most recently, she was awarded the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2017. She has four full-length poetry collections, This Thirst (Kelsay Books, 2017), Small Worlds Floating (2016) as well as Within Reach (2010) both from Cherry Grove Collections; Night Traveler (Foothills Publishing, 2003); and 5 chapbooks. She lives on a small farm in Hamlin NY.