The mountain skies were clear
except for the umlaut of a cloud
over the village.
The little girl wore yellow gloves.
She looked in the peephole and saw
a stack of unused marionettes.
Yet, she wondered.

Mary Ruefle, “Bavaria” from Cold Pluto. Copyright © 1996 by Mary Ruefle. Reprinted by permission of Carnegie Mellon University Press.
Source: Cold Pluto (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1996)