Devon Balwit


In the night,
my husband disappears
from his usual spot
in the bed,
my groping hand
finding him
flipped around,
arms hugging
the dog at our feet,
where I join him,
both of us forsaking
the lonely comfort
of our pillows
for the shared breath
of the pack.

Devon Balwit is a poet and educator working in Portland, OR. Every morning, she uses the height of her dog’s leaps as an oracle to gauge her fortunes for the day, then writes and writes–hoping to produce a thing of beauty.