The Doldrums

by Kim Klugh


I’ve slipped from my moorings

not knowing whether I’m coming or going.

I’m stuck more or less in neutral, at best.

I’m stranded and numb, not knowing or caring

about what’s to come. My momentum’s

been lost so I turn and I toss.

With no wind in my sail I flail

as if drowning. I’m not coming or going–

I’m caught in the doldrums.

Adrift, at loose ends, I float

through the same day

again and again.



Kim Klugh is an English/writing tutor. Her poetry has been published on Vox Poetica and Verse Virtual. Several of her poems have appeared in two craft books edited by Diane Lockward and published by Terrapin Press: The Practicing Poet and The Crafty Poet II. Her haiku has been published by her local paper in Lancaster, PA. She was also a contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition community poem for Ahmaud Arbery, “Running for Your Life,” in May 2020. Nancy Andrews is an artist living outside of Philadelphia. Self taught in photography, she has been perfecting her images for over 15 years. Her subjects include abstracts, images inspired by nature, and observations of the world around her. Along with photography, she spends her days teaching art to little ones, playing ukulele and romping with her two little pups.