Valentine’s Day,
by Lauren Shimulunas

and the cat opened a winter bird for her
red on the front steps like a spill
of juice on kitchen tile.

She saw it naked in the worst way, straining
with bent wings to find safety
as steam rose from the belly.

With no gun, unable to stomp it with her boot.

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 15, Issue 1.

Lauren Shimulunas is a recent graduate from the University of New Hampshire MFA program. Her work has appeared in the Q Gallery’s Verse and Vision, and her poetry has placed twice in the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets annual Triad Contest. She teaches freshman English and works in the writing lab at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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