Kathryn is a teacher and musician who researches and performs American song (www.HistorySingers.com). She lives in Illinois.
© 2010 Kathryn Atwood
DAVE ALLEN IS SHOOTING BASKETS
I know this because I hear the pound, pound, pound of his basketball that wishes he was taller
than the distance to Flagg Creek where the crunching of the shallow ice becomes
smooth gliding as we light the black disk that turns to a hissing snake
pointing to the black cat staring silent at the dog who tries to scream it dead.
Dad says it’s our lost kitten, come all the way from under the bridge
where we breathe our first forbidden smoke.
(Matt said Micah wasn’t inhaling).
THE YEAR JACKIE BECAME A WIDOW
Just months before
Mom and Dad posed
on their new barren land
and Mom’s heels sunk in the mud
and Dad’s suit was blown by wind
that carried his cologne across the dirt
which later cemented into the street
and long after Oswald got shot)
to see forbidden
while her brother Dave danced his hoop dreams
into everyone’s sleep.
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