It was a matter of the wrong weather.
The skies asphalt gray and pressing.
A ticket machine that kept spitting negatives.
She felt her day contract
in a spasm of problems
and she teased it away
with the thought of a room
as warm as a womb.
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, was published in 2014.