Claire Scott/ Poetry 5.1 / Spring, 2017

CLAIRE SCOTT

 

 

PREEMPTIVE GRIEF

You could

practice now to sidestep grief’s sting
travel alone to Mumbai, Mandalay, Marrakech
ride scuzzy buses, cramped trains
filled with mosquitoes and flies
sit next to strange men
with bad breath and wandering hands
take a safari through the Serengeti
watch lions doze, giraffes scarf Acacia leaves
sit bolt upright in your one-person tent
as zebras pound through your campsite
perhaps sleep in the spare bedroom
Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays
waking stiff and surly
or set the table for one
a single potato with frozen peas
write eulogies, sing plaintive songs

Or you might

wear your black silk dress & spiked heels
arrange orchids in a crystal vase
pour two glasses of Dom Pérignon
share deep kisses honed over forty years
star-dance life’s sacred songs
step by slow step while
the light lasts & the love
oh yes, especially the love

 

Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has been nominated twice for the  Pushcart Prize. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Enzagam and Healing Muse among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.

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