Are you starving yet?
Has your stomach
turned blue and black,
inside out with hunger?
Have you bruised
your back working
for enough just to feed
your children?
Have you tilled until
night fell, sweating
and swearing,
and in between the hell
of hay and grieving home,
consoled yourself
with an ancient hum?
Is your pen heavier
than a pitchfork,
paper rougher than
hot straw
between your hands?
No? It’s just a bill
you’re writing?
Huh. Go figure.
Go figure.

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 earned a living through content development and 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, received InsideNova's 2019 Best of Prince William award in the author category and is Editor in Chief of Prince William Living magazine. Katherine serves as president of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

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