When the day weighs
more than I,
and the sky hangs ominous
as a loose chandelier,
I find time to cocoon
in a silent, dark room
paneled with bland walls
and tasteless paintings.
Who the hell
shoots old people
just for being Jewish?
I slide like mud, deeper
into the sleeper couch.
Next time,
it could be anyone.

Katherine Gotthardt

Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, has been writing, editing and teaching for more than twenty years. For the past ten years, she has focused on content development and content marketing. Besides being published in dozens of journals, Katherine has authored six books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac and Late April. She has been nominated twice for Poet Laureate of Prince William County, VA and is Editor in Chief of Prince William Living magazine.

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