by Jean Esteve Issue: Fall 2015
It is not so
that petals of a rose
or the way rain intensifies
roadside colors
trigger a series of nervous disorders
bringing me inexorably to
the leaden recognition
of what I could have done but didn't.
No, it is precisely what I didn't do
that brings me the rose and brilliant hues.

Jean Esteve's chapbook "Off-Key" was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award for poetry.  She lives in a small town on Oregon's coast.  This is Jean's third appearance in Cold Mountain Review.