Un-sneak Attack

doesn’t bother to sneak in.
It lunges, with a screech,
arms spread like wild wings,
fingers grotesque talons
of some long-extinct lizard
fabled to sear the town in flames.
And somehow, you’re not surprised.
And, you ought to know what to do.
You’ve seen the movie –
find the soft underbelly
hidden beneath a missing scale,
and take your best shot.
So what if your hands are shaking.
You’re still holding the bow.
Besides. Your arrow’s on fire.
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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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