Issue 3,  Poetry

Enigma by Grove Koger

Having arrived at last
you will never have left,

will you?

And those spires
dancing in the afternoon heat
are the spires of
the palace of dreams,

aren’t they?

And the deserted quay,
and the empty sky,
and the boats drawn up
in the sand,

the gale forever
threatening, forever receding—

they all, all appear
on the stamp on the letter
you mailed yourself
last night in your sleep,

don’t they?

Didn’t they?

Won’t they?

*Previously published in The Fabulist Nov. 5, 2015.


Grove Koger is the author of When the Going Was Good: A Guide to the 99 Best Narratives of Travel, Exploration, and Adventure and Assistant Editor of Laguna Beach Art Patron Magazine, Palm Springs Art Patron Magazine and Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal. He has published fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a number of journals, and blogs at

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