Abstract Magazine International | Overheard by Carolyn Martin
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Overheard by Carolyn Martin

06 Jun 2018, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Through the Looking Glasses by Rebecca Oet


As evening sneaks around

the house,

the ironing board and

kitchen sink gossip about

your first kiss.

Inexplicable – how

they understand the intimacy

of wind-brushed clouds; how,

in this chartreuse spring,

you’ll leave behind

your baseball glove for moony moods

and un-chewed fingernails; how

you’ll charge

summer’s quickenings

with shattered

beliefs of black and white.

Tonight, as the board folds itself

and the last dish is washed,

the owl clock hushes

their surmise.

If you had overheard, you

would have entertained

their slivered truths,

perhaps cheered their prophecy.


Previously published in Zingara Poetry Review

About the author:

From Assistant Professor of English to management trainer to retiree, Carolyn Martin has journeyed from New Jersey to Oregon to discover Douglas firs, months of rain, and dry summers. Her poems and book reviews have appeared in publications throughout North America and the UK, and her third poetry collection, Thin Places, was released by Kelsay Books in Summer 2017. 

Art: Through the Looking Glasses by Rebecca Oet
In the artist’s words:
Rebecca Oet is a high school student from Solon, Ohio, USA. She enjoys photography, reading fiction and comic books, writing short stories and poetry, and watching anime. Rebecca is a national silver medalist in the 2015 Scholastic Art Awards and has won many other awards for her photos. She has published her photography in numerous magazines, including Ranger Rick, Teen Ink, cover of Skipping Stones, Parentheses Journal, The Homestead Review, Stone Canoe, Silk Road, cover of Glass Mountain and others.

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