An Afternoon in Little Italy · Rae Rozman

The old men play bocce against
the backdrop of red brick buildings.
Fire escapes dangle perilously above the alley.
A woman sits, watching,
an unfinished orange quilt on her lap.
She licks chocolate gelato off swollen fingers
and stares intently- pupils dilated and unfocused..
The old men smile and eye her figure —
Still crisp amid graying hair and marks of age —
and go back to their game.
It is just another day
and she is just another ghost.


Rae Rozman is a middle school counselor in Austin, Texas, where she lives with her long term partner. Her poetry often explores themes of queer love (romantic and platonic), brain injury, and education. For poetry and pictures of her rescue bunnies, you can find her on Instagram at @mistress_of_mnemosyne.