CAROL LYNN STEVENSON GRELLAS // Rattle
Light on her feet, she walked
in kimonos hemmed with gold
eyelashes sweeping highlighted
cheeks. One lifetime isn’t enough
for a girl with blossoms in her heart.
No days were as worthy as the midnight
hour filled with opium and the scent
of sex between her lips. Kathy
I can almost see you now, your
face against the backdrop of sky
your eyes dazed from the overdose
hands upturned ready for your next
unstoppable binge, a spattering
of stars around you and the infinite dark .
Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas is a six-time Pushcart nominee and Best of the Net nominee. She has authored eight chapbooks along with her latest full-length collection of poems: Epistemology of an Odd Girl, newly released from March Street Press. She is a recent winner of the Red Ochre Press Chapbook competition for her manuscript Before I Go to Sleep and according to family lore she is a direct descendent of Robert Louis Stevenson.