The Student Literary Journal of Northern Vermont University

Today Is Not October Seventh


If today is not October Seventh,
she is not standing over the bridge.

White scattering stars cover street lamps.
Spots are orange in my foot prints.

I think of her more than she thinks of me.

Don’t let the lamps go out.
I am too scared to sleep and my feet are cold.

Ghostly clouds surround my head and whisper Bach’s song.
I still do not know why I couldn’t. I couldn’t say,

“Touch me”—

Her body weighs almost nothing in the rippling river


Naoko Fujimoto is a native of Japan. She is finding a home for her first poetry manuscript, “Radio Tower.” Her recent publications are in Prairie Schooner, Construction Literary Magazine, and NANO Fiction.