Breath & Shadow

A collection of my poems, some dark, some on the lighter side, some new, some previously published, and some I like to call "Brautigans," after one of my favorite poets. Hope you'll enjoy them!

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Copyright © 2018 Antoinette McCormick

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13. Katie Did

In Katie's closet, I found a door 
a musty passage
a rosary
a narrow bed
dead wasps, spattered bat shit,
a row of handmade angels on the window ledge
bric-a-brac demanding endless rearrangement. 

narrow stairs 
a
n open door
o
ne set of footprints.

 

So many rooms must be misplaced
along with crawl spaces and partitions.
There's no such thing as days
decades
accidents
religion.

I will not sit one minute more with these clinging vines
scarred tabletops
soggy hymnals
or t
he image of railroad ties stained the color of her fingertips.

It's time to plant a tree
a chaise
a river
a ministry of pills and bedspread smells
unvarnished hangovers
unwashed armpits
a row of sad-eyed virgins
a
 batshit sister.  

 

 

In Katie's closet, I found a door, a musty passage, a rosary, a narrow bed, dead wasps, spattered bat shit, a row of handmade angels on the window ledge, bric-a-brac demanding endless rearrangement. 

Narrow stairs a
An open door
One set of footprints.

So many rooms must be misplaced, crawl spaces and partitions. There's no such thing as days, decades, accidents, religion. I will not sit one minute more with these clinging vines, scarred tabletops, soggy hymnals

Or the image of railroad ties stained the color of her fingertips.

It's time to plant a tree, a chaise, a river, hang granite turrets with gonfalons for foreign princes, a ministry of pills and bedspread smells, unvarnished hangovers, unwashed armpits

A row of sad-eyed virgins
A batshit sister.  

 
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