The lilac dust of cut flowers
falls malignant upon our shoulders
and we swear it will never happen again.
All that we begrudge
fits into a cat’s paw.
Gloria Monaghan is a Professor of Humanities at Wentworth Institute in Boston. She has two books of poetry, Flawed (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and The Garden (Flutter Press 2015). Her poems have appeared in Blue Max Review, 2River, Underground Writers Association, Adelaide, Aurorean, Aries, among others. She currently lives on the South Shore of Boston with her daughters.