local_library Years of Water

by Mary Kasimor

Published in Issue No. 244 ~ September, 2017

years of water

flat breasted women

born from irony

breathless metal



on the freeway arms crossed

more construction of self

for happiness


the shadow’s blood

another tear in the flesh

so little worth

for truth is all wrong

or an error in numbers


a mumble from the old woman

who sleeps upright

not in defensive shadows

but with salt bitter tears


years of water

the calendar displays the biting tongue

half-moons holding together

and mercury

a placid water leaks through windows

the red tear in the ocean

the opening and closing of death

a closet filled with identities

red silk divinities

the old woman holds together

with black fabric

captured and small the moon is

crawling out of her flesh



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Mary Kasimor has been writing poetry for many years. Her work has appeared in EOAGH, Big Bridge, 2River, Pif Magazine, and others.. Her recent poetry collections are The Landfill Dancers (BlazeVox Books 2014), Saint Pink (Moria Books 2015), The Prometheus Collage (Locofo Press 2017), and Nature Store (Dancing Girl Press 2017). She has also been a reviewer of many small press poetry collections.