Untitled [Blackout Shades] by Roberta “Bobby” Santlofer


Untitled [Blackout Shades]


The slow heavy July heat ends

breaking up into a day

of bright breezes & color

leaves & sky bounce brilliantly around—

a light show of color & sound


I pull down the blackout shades

of my room


Shut the windows


Down a pill


Curl up under the sheets

waiting for softer sounds

so I can sleep



Roberta “Bobby” Santlofer (1943-2020) was a mother of sons, an avid reader, and a poet. A posthumous collection of her poetry is forthcoming. Santlofer’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gargoyle, Philadelphia Stories, Grey Sparrow Review, and elsewhere.