Tyranny Cafe You they keep in a bottle no child to wish you out their talk is all around they spin you about Stay still might be heard few do turn your way about this clear tight space contain all you say no child to pull you out
Kawabata's Tears She unlocks heavy iron gate in empty courtyard too early for the readers At edge of pond strewn flowers she looks up if only to wish his cranes Hands small rough and strong begin to skim again many petals smother koi His silence keeps secret her love her work her fragrant past cherry blossoms fall for Lawrence R. Klein
For James at 6 AM Dark that early Now your bony knees he waits spiked in prison cell worn red wishing he carpet shred old altar the steps lies you had less Before hope you never felt no one that hurt to tell cold marble no choice caught you thought your breath but hide After he raised a Holy host you clenched three golden bells hard trills glanced the empty pews heads bowed You know this well
Letter from Lenox Hill She found his He wrote last I saw our great letter aunt Annie beneath the blue coat lowered black bag bed and veil no nurse had dressed again yet to for Sunday notice Mass she took it her light blue home eyes she read now darkened glass He wrote her He wrote every other as Annie slid night slowly by of secrets she smiled she undercover seemed to say that game you are now spy writer my a favorite of newest her brother memory Remember He wrote when I often see she talked the dead that way they walk through The dead light of day he wrote are they come to whisperers this room soft hushes sometimes on cross town they do not winds stop or We can figure stay this out tomorrow too late must turn in
Copyright © 2014 Katharine Gilbert
Katharine Gilbert is presently a photographer for the monthly newspaper Irish Edition www.irishedition.com
A Marymount VA graduate, she was Head Coach of Womens swimming at UCLA and University of Pennsylvania before appointed Head Coach Men's and Women's swimming at Penn. That position she held for seventeen years. She and her husband Paul reside in Phila with poodles and cat.