Nancy Scott McBride

Nancy Scott McBride studied poetry at NYU and worked as an editor on the New York Quarterly. She has been writing, publishing and giving readings of her work for many years.


By Nancy Scott McBride

He was very good at leaving.

It’s what he did best and

he did it all the time.

Leaving from the bathroom,

shutting off the water.

Had he nicked himself?

Better get the alcohol.

Fingernails clean?

Leaving from the bedroom,

finding a coat, matching pants,

selecting a tie, catching his act

in the full-length mirror.

Leaving from the kitchen,

no time to eat.

Maybe some orange juice,

forget the vitamins,

Jesus Christ!

In the hall now,

checking papers,

checking watch,

checking wallet,

quick kiss,


I remember him from behind,

the nape of his neck,

the back of his legs,

his step, one heel lifted.

Engine starting, car backing out,


He was very good at leaving;

daily, weekly,monthly,

it’s what he did best and

he did it all the time.


About vision791

Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published fourteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at
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