Sara Pirkle

Each Morning that May,

I sipped coffee on the cabin’s
screened porch and observed

a screech owl roosting calmly
in a worn cranny of an ancient oak

until one dawn she wasn’t there,
and in her absence, I knew

I had to leave my husband.

Sara Pirkle can often be found in her favorite coffeeshop in Tuscaloosa, playing board games with other University of Alabama professors.