It began among the heirlooms,
a gathering of heedless souls and reflections
in galleries of perfume flasks.
The musk of perennial linens tethered
vestiges of whispers between sheets.
A stain of rouge, a kiss of vinegar to sour cotton
let out an ammoniated breath in the back room
of the shop on St. Anthony's Street.
Rebecca Anne Renner is a recipient of the American Academy of Poets University Prize, and she is the Editor-in-Chief of Barrier Islands Review. She is currently attending Stetson University for her BA in English with plans to further her education with a Masters in Literature.