Leaving His Farm on Lime Kiln Road


The first time I said it, we were standing in his drive, the blue ribbon of my car’s exhaust wavering. I want to leave my husband, I said, as if I could exchange the life I had like shoes bought a half size too small, trade the corn- tasseled flatness for pines and lime- stone. I say it even now, I want to leave my husband, as I play and replay his words until I don’t want you to becomes I don’t want you, and the crush of wheels on gravel.

AMANDA NEWELL’s work has appeared in publications such as Bellevue Literary Review, Gargoyle, Pearl, Poet Lore, War, Literature & the Arts, and Zone 3, among others. She has been awarded scholarships by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and The Frost Place and has also been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches English at The Gunston School on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and is currently pursuing her MFA at Warren Wilson College.