Dannye Romine Powell is the author of three books of poetry, At Every Wedding Someone Stays Home (1994), The Ecstasy of Regret (2002) and A Necklace of Bees (2008), all published by University of Arkansas Press. She is also the author of a non-fiction book, Parting the Curtains: Interviews with Southern Writers (John Blair, 1994). Powell writes on life in Charlotte and the Carolinas for the local section of the Charlotte Observer. She was also the newspaper’s book review editor for nearly twenty years.
All I Know for Certain
After the phone call,
we drove morning and night,
knocked and knocked on the hard, loved door.
You answered in your soft brown voice, your skirt drifting
into drowsy folds. In the fire-lit room where you mother lay
cold, arms folded, I studied your face for traces
of sorrow, studied the bed. I couldn’t imagine how
you had stayed so calm until the morning you died and I folded
—Dannye Romine Powell
From A Necklace of Bees, by Dannye Romine Powell, University of Arkansas Press, 2008.