Apoptosis
by Judith H. Montgomery

Every month her body prepares the scarlet garden, leaf on leaf of nesting cells to plump the shelter, rich red bed stitched with spiral- arteries ready to bear gifts to feed the visitor. And every month one packed golden drop releases, lit seed slipping down the sleek chute until that fortunate fall into the womb’s … Continue reading Apoptosis
by Judith H. Montgomery

The Ferry Keeper
by Judith Montgomery

becomes the only boat. Lays her body flat, bellying black water that sucks below the dock. Her chest a prow, her face the fixed gaze of a figurehead. Steadied against drift, she shivers as her pale ill family clambers in. Stem and stern, they shift from pain to place, wanting not to spill into oblivion. … Continue reading The Ferry Keeper
by Judith Montgomery

Happiness
by Judith Montgomery

After the barely averted disaster—the plane dropping on stuck wings down the thin cliff of cloud— skewing to the airport’s red homing eye before skid— shudder—stop on concrete— after this don’t we clutch the rail, rush the stairs— don’t we drop to our knees & press shaking palms to dirt—grass—asphalt— & kiss the welcoming ground … Continue reading Happiness
by Judith Montgomery