Her shadow drifts
into a play of light leaving me quite alone
Near the river, a blue heron’s eye
scolds my presence
I move quietly away
distancing myself by way of apology
Richard D. Houff was the editor of Heeltap Magazine from 1986 to 2010. He has had poetry and prose published in Brooklyn Review, Chiron Review, Louisiana Review, Midwest Quarterly, Nixes Mate Review, North American Review, Rattle, and many other fine magazines.