POETRY: 2017 and Earlier
Poems published in literary journals in 2017 and earlier
Published in Metafore,
Last night fingers stained deep red purple, I went to bed reading
about Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge
Philando Castile in Minnesota
police officers in Dallas.
I read until I could not read anymore.
Published in The Same,
December 17, 2017
The ending is not new, yet still
I hesitate to face the remains
of time resurfacing as I clean
out closed drawers, sort through
sealed attic boxes.
Published in Autumn Sky Poetry Daily,
September 4, 2017
I had forgotten the small town girl of summer in me–
the good New England daughter in plaid pleated skirts and woolen knee socks,
in penny loafers shiny stiff each fall,
swapped out for salt-water stained topsiders in summer,
the worn cutoffs, the burn turned to tan, the girl in love with the ocean.
Published in Coldnoon: International Journal of Travel Writing and Traveling Cultures,
August 13, 2017
Three, four steep steps down to the pebbly sand,
Hawaiian shirt straining over her seven-month belly
the waitress hesitates, slowly descends.