Claire Scott/ Poetry 7.1/ Spring 2019


Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Enizagam and Healing Muse among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and Until I Couldn’t. She is the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.

to the outside Black Phoenix
after that Desert Gold
moving together on the final turn
Black Phoenix out in front
a two length lead
and it’s Black Phoenix!
the crowd roars red
ribbons and roses
in the winner’s circle
under a white sheet
here at St. Anthony’s
tubes and catheters
bedpans and blood tests
wilted roses 
untouched broth
nurses whisper
the home stretch

They come at dusk
Aunt Eleanor waltzing to Strauss
while lima beans burn
Uncle Sam hunkered in the corner
with the weekly crossword puzzle
            another word for “shadow”
Nana wandering lost halls
in her flannel nightgown
Mother sloshing scotch
reciting Shakespeare sonnets
            And wherefore say not I that I am old?
my friend Carlene bringing
scraps & shreds of shiny gossip
            Mr. Donahue peed out the window
Richard with an armload of roses
stolen from his neighbor’s yard
my children are alarmed
make an appointment for me with Dr. Stein
who prescribes pills to take away the specters
says in three days they will vanish
I toss the pills in the trash
sit by the window &
wait for dusk

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