The Glass Ball

The glass ball

made in Sweden, translucent,

hollow at center and top,

with petals,


having cradled numerous votive candles,

went into the dishwasher,

where it cracked in half.


He said, “So?”

She said, “You can’t see it’s broken,

unless you look closely.


Or try to pick it up.”

Dianne M. Hunter

Dianne M. Hunter, Emeritus Professor of English at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, has published studies of Thomas Kyd, Shakespeare, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, LeRoi Jones, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Adrienne Rich, and Juliet Mitchell; she edited the books SEDUCTION AND THEORY (1989) and THE MAKINGS OF DR. CHARCOT’S HYSTERIA SHOWS (1998). poetry appears in 2020 Ode to the Small.