Writers’ Weir: Two poems by Monique Crisafi

Southeast Alaska-inspired poems by Monique Crisafi.

The Disquiet of an Almost Empty Nest

Alone with my thoughts

The house

still and quiet

Enveloping me with sadness

that had spent the day

just below the surface

Because they were here

Taking up space

In their respective rooms

Making me feel less lonely

Knowing other living beings

were close by



No interaction required

Their presence soon absent

No longer to anchor me

with purpose

I must find my way out of the

disquiet. Discover desires

Let lonely yield to inspired

Up the Fjord

Stretching out

to the jagged


I wonder if it recognizes

the edges

it soothes and softens

Lapping against the rocks

where harbor seals laze

I, too, have edges

Longing to be soothed

and softened

by the pure

and pristine waters of Long Falls

• Monique Crisafi resides in Redondo Beach, California, with her two teenage children. She is an educator and holds a master’s degreee in educational leadership. The Capital City Weekly accepts submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction for Writers’ Weir. To submit a piece for consideration, email us at editor@juneauempire.com.

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