Caroline Misner

In Issue 5 on March 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm


There is an obscene language in the strength of the wind
that howls like stricken cats down the alleyway.
A boy balled up into himself
constricts me with his demands.
He is only marginal in the lives of others.

No fault,
it is no fault of his,
craving the green sickle of summer.
I watered the garden faithfully,
attended him with the same care
I attended the standing lilac tree,
the rose bush with its garnet
petals that clasp his heart,
the cold impatiens.

At dawn the neighbour walks his yellow hound,
wasps hover round the garbage cans, sucking
up a free meal; the spider bounces on its own string.
And when my bones are shadows
growing, tugging at ceremonies
with limbs blue from forgotten cold, lips parting
for signs of perfection,
the longest day has finally begun.


Caroline Misner is a graduate of Sheridan College of Applied Arts & Technology with a diploma in Media Arts Writing. Her non-fiction has been previously published in Cottage Life magazine, Writers’ Journal, GreenPrints Gardening Journal and The Cottage Magazine. She’s been previously published in A Room of One’s Own, issues 30.2 and 30.3. She’s also had literary short stories published in Rosebud, Prairie Journal, Challenging Destiny and The Windsor Review. Her poems have appeared in Ideals magazine as well as Penwomanship, Quills, Leaf Press, Poetry Canada, The Litchfield Review, Perigee, Fresh Boiled Peanuts, SLAB, Other Voices, Prairie Journal and The Aroostook Review; She has also been published in the UK in Dreamcatcher literary journal. An excerpt from her novel has been published in ProseAx Literary Journal under the title Skin of a Peach. That same novel was a semi-finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award. In 2004 she received Honourable Mention in the Writer’s Digest 72nd Annual Writing Competition for her personal essay. In December 2004 her novella received Honourable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest; a short story was also a finalist in the same contest. Last year, her short story Strange Fruit was nominated for the prestigious Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Anthology Prize. She has also just received word that one of her poems has been nominated for 2010 Pushcart Prize. She is currently a member of The Canadian Federation of Poets.

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