Friday 28 August 2020

After Divorce

by Catherine Arra

A new narrative
without labels, husband—wife.

A flooded washout
no ownership
claims, entitlements
polarized showdowns
walk twelve paces, turn-draw-shoot.
Muddy waters settle.
Capes, masks, and superheroes
return to Marvel Land.
Barbie and Ken
to the cardboard box.
Mommy and Daddy
to their beds
out of ours.
We’re walking
a trestle bridge
above the old canal town
where water and tracks cross.

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"After Divorce" is from Catherine Arra's poetry collection (Women in Parentheses) (Kelsay Books, 2019).

Catherine Arra is the author of (Women in Parentheses) (Kelsay Books, 2019), Writing in the Ether (Dos Madres Press, 2018), and four chapbooks, the latest being Her Landscape, Poems Based on the Life of Mileva Marić Einstein (Finishing Line Press, 2020). Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous journals online and in print, and in several anthologies. Arra is a native of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, where she teaches part-time and facilitates local writing groups. Find her at

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