Arts & Literary Magazine

Month: September 2020

Poetry by Miriam Culy

Listen to Miriam Culy read her poems.

 

Masked Smiles

Red crosses sit on most of the chairs,
in a waiting room where no one else is
waiting. I sanitise my pre-washed hands,
nervously, before you call me through:
come in / sit down / how can I help you?

I can sense that you are smiling at me:
though I can’t peer through your mask,
I can see it in your friendly blue eyes,
the only facial feature not hidden /
covered / protected by PPE.… Read more “Poetry by Miriam Culy”

“her crown in glory” by M.A. Hoak

Listen to M.A. Hoak read “her crown in glory.”

 

her crown in glory

they had my grandmother’s funeral
on a steamy sunday in august
(she’d died in may
but, given the virus,
they’d all been forced to wait)
i do not know if they wore masks
or if they stood six feet apart
i cannot tell you which hymns were sung—
which flowers they laid on her grave
(i hope they were purple; her favorite color)
what else is there to say?… Read more ““her crown in glory” by M.A. Hoak”

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