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Fault by Kit Zak

FaultSummer 2013 398

each other

like plankton on the tides
conversations mundane
          leftovers sound fine
I paid the mortgage bill

feelings trenched inward
no gulf stream warming
vast plains of deserts
(no path through)

unspoken … hidden
in our crusts

until Jan phoned: it’s Jim
we fold together outside intensive care

between petitions and sobs
we draw a cross on each other’s forehead
mutual pardon

Kit Zak, formerly a teacher, considers writing poetry a political act. Her main topics include corporate exploitation of workers and the environment. She publishes in the few protest journals like Newversenews, The Blue Collar Review, as well as Avocet, California Quarterly, The Lyric, The Broadkill Review and numerous anthologies.

 

 

 

 

 

“The Baltimore Catechism – Unrequited Love” by Roy Beckemeyer

The granite girl stands to recite.

Catechism quotes limn the inside
of her eyelids.

Her fingernails
spike her hands to her thighs.

She prays for Rorschach stigmata
to stain her virginal palms.

Her insatiable need
is for the sainthood of white doves.

Her face aches
for the crescent moon purity
of wimple and coif.

The desire for God is written
in the human heart,” she intones,
thinking all the while
I am a good Catholic girl,
I am God’s innocent girl,
I am the girl of the incised granite heart.

Roy Beckemeyer of Wichita, Kansas has most recently had poems accepted by the periodicals America, The Lyric, and The Journal of Civic Leadership and the anthology To The Stars Through Difficulties.