Catherine Moore

Mirthful Elm on the Edge of the Lawn, Perhaps Beside an Elated Basket of Laundry (Bob Ross)
by Catherine Moore

Once there was an undirected graph
an arbiter between earth and sky

a happy conflict between the line
and none, the back and forth of push

maybe in our world, a root
swallowed, some atrocity coos

beneath the buried lines
of this water tap.

Under the lean reserve.
And in this portrait,

layer after darker layer,
this sketch of lovely madness

on the merciless branch
beside a pitch raptor

or a chance fruit bit
of a poisoned fable,

am I the linen-washed duvet
draping your outstretched limb?


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 19, Issue 1.

Catherine Moore Catherine Moore’s work has or will appear in Tahoma Literary Review, Southeast Review, Southampton Review, Blue Fifth Review, and in anthologies most recently by Pankhearst Press. She is the winner of the Southeast Review’s 2014 Gearhart poetry prize and has a chapbook “Story” published by Finishing Line Press. Catherine holds an MFA from the University of Tampa. She is tweetable @CatPoetic.

See all items about Catherine Moore

Visit Catherine Moore’s contributors page.

Leave a Reply